Representative Michele Bachmann charges gays bully ‘the American people’ and elected officials.
The Republican, who is not seeking reelection, was interviewed by Lars Larson this past weekend during the Conservative Political Action Conference.
The CPAC is a once a year gathering of conservative activists and politicians.
Bachmann insisted Arizona’s failed bill, SB 1062, had nothing to do with anti-gay discrimination. Instead the legislation was meant to protect religious rights.
‘There’s nothing about gays in there, but the gay community decided to make this their measure,’ Bachmann said, according to Right Wing Watch.
‘And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don’t,’ she continued.
The representative added ‘if you want take away my religious liberties, you can advocate for that but you do it through the constitutional process and you don’t intimidate and no politician should give away my religious liberties or yours.’
If Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1062, it would have allowed anyone to refuse services to anyone, for any reason including being LGBTI, as long as religious belief violations were claimed.
During her unsuccessful run for the White House, Bachmann was one of the first to sign a pledge sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).
The document called for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, even in states where approved, and the creation of a presidential commission to ‘investigate harassment of traditional marriage supporters.’
Below is the Right Wing Watch audio clip: