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Anti-gay US rep Michele Bachmann will not seek reelection

Anti-gay US rep Michele Bachmann will not seek reelection

Michele Bachmann, the US congresswoman from Minnesota who has consistently spoken out against LGBT equality, announced Wedesday (29 May) that she is not running for reelection next year.

The Republican, a darling of the ultra-conservative Tea Party, barely survived a bruising battle for reelection last November. Her campaign for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2012 ended early in the primary season after a poor start.

Bachmann has been a vocal opponent of LGBT equality speaking out against gay marriage. 

Bachmann once said that ‘gays live a very sad life,’ and that ‘it’s part of Satan.’ She also said that that the Kinsey Scale – frequently used to support the common estimate of 10 percent homosexuality in the general population – is a ‘myth.’

Her husband, Marcus Bachmann, said during her presidential run that his priority as First Spouse would be a focus on heterosexual marriage saying ‘Marriage is between one man and one woman. We are going to promote families.’

Marcus Bachmann had run a clinic in Minnesota that practices ‘ex-gay’ therapy.

Bachmann posted a video on her campaign Web site explaining her decision and does not mention of growing legal problems and a widening investigation into her campaign spending.

‘I fully anticipate the mainstream liberal media to put a detrimental spin on my decision not to seek a fifth term,’ Bachmann said in the video. ‘They always seemed to attempt to find a dishonest way to disparage me. But I take being the focus of their attention and disparagement as a true compliment of my public service effectiveness.’

Although she is leaving public office, Bachmann says she has no plans to fade from public view.

‘I will continue to do everything I can to advance our conservative constitutional principles that have served as the bedrock for who we are as a nation,’ she said in the video. ‘And I will continue to work vehemently and robustly to fight back against what most in the other party want to do to transform our country into becoming, which would be a nation that our founders would hardly even recognize today.’