Bachmann Calls Out Paul, Romney on Gay Rights Views
In a last ditch effort to appeal to social conservatives GOP candidate Michele Bachmann went after fellow running mates Ron Paul and Mitt Romney and bashed them on their stance on gay marriage, the New York Times reported in a Dec. 27 article.
Bachmann reiterated her views on same-sex marriage and abortion at a Council Bluffs appearance in Iowa, in order to separate herself from Paul and Romney.
"Mitt Romney has defended gay marriage and even signed marriage licenses for same-sex couples and Ron Paul doesn’t believe the government should protect the institution of marriage," Bachmann said. "I have a record of defending life, marriage and the family and I’ll protect them as president of the United States."
Despite winning the Iowa straw poll in August, Bachmann falls behind several of her GOP competitors.
Rick Santorum also attacked Romney’s views on gay marriage, EDGE reported. "So Governor Romney was faced with a choice: Go along with the court or go along with the constitution and the statute, Santorum said earlier this month at a GOP debate. "He chose the court and ordered people to issue gay marriage licenses. And went beyond that. He personally, as governor, issued gay marriage licenses."
Romney defended himself by saying that Santorum did not fully understand the events that transpired.
"The Supreme Court of Massachusetts determined that under our constitution same-sex marriage was required," Romney said. "And the idea that that somehow that was up to me to make a choice as to whether we had it or not was a little unusual."
Bachmann has been called out several times by the LGBT community for her anti-gay views while campaigning in Iowa.
In a Dec. 19 article, EDGE reported that an Iowa voter asked Bachmann to sign her "Gay-friendly Iowan sign."
As the GOP candidate signed the sign, the voter, Kathy Schnell, asked Bachmann, "I wonder if you’re aware that 10 percent of the population is gay," Schnell asked. "And if you have 28 children, then 2.8 of those kids are very likely gay."