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Bachmann: Gays can marry partners of opposite sex


Michele Bachmann told a crowd in Iowa on Wednesday that if gays and lesbians want to marry they already have that right: They can marry someone of the opposite sex.

Bachmann was speaking at an event in Waverly, Iowa, when a high school student, who is part of a Gay-Straight Alliance at the local high school, asked why LGBT citizens cannot have equal rights.

Bachmann asserted that gays and lesbian couples are defined by their sex practices and that same-sex couples should find an opposite-sex partner if they want to marry.

Student: Then, why can’t same-sex couples get married?

Bachmann: They can get married, but they abide by the same law as everyone else. They can marry a man if they’re a woman. Or they can marry a woman if they’re a man.

Student: Why can’t a man marry a man?
Bachmann: Because that’s not the law of the land.

Student: So heterosexual couples have a privilege?

Bachmann: No, they have the same opportunity under the law. There is no right to same-sex marriage.

Student: So you won’t support the LGBT community?

Bachmann: No, I said that there are no special rights for people based upon your sex practices. There’s no special rights based upon what you do in your sex life. You’re an American citizen first and foremost and that’s it.

Another student: Wouldn’t heterosexual couples, if they were given a privilege then, that gay couples aren’t, like given that privilege to get married, but heterosexual couples are given a privilege to get married?

Bachmann: Remember every American citizen has the right to avail themselves to marriage but they have to follow what the laws are. And the laws are you marry a person of the opposite sex.

Here’s the video:

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Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.