Michele Bachmann showed consistent support for gender-integrated marriage while campaigning in Iowa on Wednesday. Jane Schmidt, a 16-year-old member of her school’s Gay Straight Alliance asked the Republican presidential candidate about same-sex marriage. Bachmann noted that all Americans have the same rights regardless of their sexual preferences: “There’s no special rights based upon what you do in your sex life.”
A sample of the exchange from the DesMoinesRegister:
BACHMANN: Well, No. 1, all of us as Americans have the same rights. The same civil rights. And so that’s really what government’s role is, to protect our civil rights. There shouldn’t be any special rights or special set of criteria based upon people’s preferences. We all have the same civil rights.
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.
It sounds as if gender-segregated marriage activists want special rules to apply to Americans based on their sexual orientation.
Iowa is one of six states in addition to D.C. which legalized gender-segregated marriage.
For more see Huffington Post: Gay People Can Get Married—But Only To Members Of The Opposite Sex.