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Does Michele Bachmann judge gays?

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    On Sunday's Meet the Press, David Gregory interviewed Michele Bachmann on a range of issues including some of her past statements on the LGBT lifestyle. The full transcript can be found at NBC - Meet the Press. For this thread I'll focus on Gregory's questioning of her past statements summarized here from the American Prospect:

    "It's sad," she continues. "Any of you who have members of your family that are in the lifestyle - we have a member of our family that is - this is not funny. It's a very sad life." Bachmann has a stepsister who is gay.

    She goes on to say that it is "profoundly sad to recognize that almost all, if not all, individuals who have gone into the lifestyle have been abused at one time in their life."

    Bachmann argues that legalizing same-sex marriage - which she describes as "bringing it into the mainstream if you will, giving it a legitimacy" - will impact all Americans, "particularly the schools." She says it means teachers will be forced to teach "sexual identity" in a way that suggests homosexuality is acceptable.

    She says "children would have to be taught a falsehood because they're in a captive audience in the public schools, they couldn't get out."

    Later, Bachmann says being "involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle" amounts to "personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement." She also describes homosexuality as "sexual anarchy." She goes on to lament efforts by gay rights advocates to convince Americans that homosexuality is "just another thing, with a shrug of their shoulders."

    Here's the partial transcript after Gregory played back her stated views:

    DAVID GREGORY:
    That is the view President Bachmann would have of gay Americans?

    MICHELE BACHMANN:
    Well, I am running for the presidency of the United States, I'm not running to be anyone's judge.  I do stand very--

    DAVID GREGORY:
    But you have judged them.

    MICHELE BACHMANN:
    I don't judge them.  I don't judge them.  I am running for presidency of the United States.

    DAVID GREGORY:
    Is that the view of gay Americans that President Bachmann would have?

    MICHELE BACHMANN:
    Well, my view on marriage is that I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that's what I stand for.  But I ascribe honor and dignity to every person, no matter what their background.  They have honor and they have dignity.

    DAVID GREGORY:
    Do you think gay Americans, hearing quotes like that from you, would think that that's honor and dignity, coming from you, about their circumstance?

    MICHELE BACHMANN:
    I am not anyone's judge, and I'm not standing--

    (OVERTALK)

    DAVID GREGORY:
    Congresswoman, do you think anybody hears that and thinks you haven't made a judgment about gays and lesbians?

    MICHELE BACHMANN:
    That's all I can tell you is that I'm not judging.

    DAVID GREGORY:
    So your words should stand for themselves?

    MICHELE BACHMANN:
    I'm running for the presidency of the United States, that's the simple--

    DAVID GREGORY:
    Would you appoint an openly gay person to your administration, to your cabinet, or name them as a judge?

    MICHELE BACHMANN:
    My criteria would be the same for that, which would be where do you stand on the Constitution, are you competent, and do you share my views?  That's my criteria.


    I added the bolding on "shares my views."  Michele Bachmann has proven to be quite savy at obfuscating responses to questions regarding her views on the LGBT community. 

    She says she is not judgmental of gays, yet one of her criteria for appointing an openly gay person in her administration would be "shares my views."  Is this double talk for "no...gays don't share her views so they won't be appointed?"
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    I told my fiancé the other morning that from the GOP perspective Bachmann was on the top of my like list but only because I didn’t know anything about her. After seeing her meet the press interview, especially her perspectives on Gay and Lesbians, erggg there really just don’t seem to be any decent candidates out there on either side of the isle… it is depressing
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    she is done...Perry has picked up her thunder..so she will be out very shortly....she is  disturbingly inaccurate in so many of the things she says....and....she is bigoted concerning gay people(whidh according to general statistics) is at least 10% of the population.  I really feel sorry for her brand of politics...shes more of a preacher than a real politician...and she is completely unable to go off message....and who knows about any of her foreign policy ideas...if any........

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    I wouldn't even call her a preacher. She struggled throughout the entire meet the press interview, not really the person we want representing the country.
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    I wouldn't even call her a preacher. She struggled throughout the entire meet the press interview, not really the person we want representing the country.