The potential next president of the USA, Michele Bachmann, once again has failed to grasp the concept that prohibiting homosexuals from marrying someone of the same sex meant that they are treated in any way differently to heterosexual couples.
When addressing the crowd at Waverly Iowa yesterday, Bachmann began preaching tolerance and urged us not to “squelch people’s speech”. This all sounded promising until it turned out that she was defending those with religious-based values, as if they are the suppressed minority! Bachmann was then questioned by highschooler and president of her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, Jane Schmidt. The conversation included this extract:
JANE SCHMIDT: 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.
JANE SCHMIDT: Why can’t a man marry a man?
BACHMANN: Because that’s not the law of the land.
JANE SCHMIDT: So heterosexual couples have a privilege.
BACHMANN: No, they have the same opportunity under the law. There is no right to same-sex marriage.
Putting aside her apparent ignorance to the fact that same-sex marriage was legalised in Iowa in 2009 (as it is admittedly potentially under threat – see recent video also), Bachmann’s laughable suggestion that gays should marry members of the opposite sex is not only – dare i say it – intolerant and discriminatory but also counter-productive. Does she and her right-wing friends honestly believe that encouraging homosexuals to deceive all their nearest-and-dearest in loveless, pseudo relationships? I’d like to see her forced to live in a same-sex relationship all her life and see how happy she is about it…
Source: Iowa Caucuses