Michele Bachmann on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Sep 15, 2011

Summary

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann opposes gay marriage, and was opposed to the removal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" provision. She has consistently stated that each state has the right to determine their own laws as established in the tenth amendment. She has also stated that if elected President, she would not act to overturn any state law legalizing gay marriage. However, Congresswoman Bachmann's personal view is that marriage is between one man and one woman, and she would like to see each state enact a provision defining it. She has stated that each state should hold a vote and let the people decide the issue and not simply enact the legislation.

Congresswoman Bachmann also acknowledges that varying state laws will inevitably cause legal issues, and she supports the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to ensure that states defining marriage as between a man and a woman do not have to recognize marriages in other states to same-sex couples. Congresswoman Bachmann has also expressed support for a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

In 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann voiced opposition to a ruling stating that a California voter initiative to define marriage as between one man and one woman was unconstitutional. She asked if Proposition 8 doesn’t survive the rational basis test, then is the judge implying that the majority of California voters, those who voted for the measure, aren’t rational?

At a faith and freedom event in 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann supported the recent passage in Minnesota of a law to define marriage as between one man and one woman. She also noted that she attempted to pass such legislation when she was a state senator.

During the New Hampshire Presidential Debate in June of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann stated that each state should be allowed to make it's own rules, but that she was personally opposed to gay marriage. She stated that as President, she would not interfere with the laws of states. She also stated that she would support a constitutional amendment to define marriage.

In interviews on television and for the Christian Broadcasting Network, Congresswoman Bachmann continued to express the viewpoint that she was opposed to gay marriage, but that she believed that states have the right to enact whatever laws they see fit. She called for vote in each state on the issue and not simply an enactment by judges or legislature.

 

Opposition to Prop 8 Ruling

In August of 2010, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement noting her opposition to a Judge's ruling that overturned a California voter initiative to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

 

Faith and Freedom Conference

In June of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann spoke at the Second Annual Faith and Freedom Conference. She speaks about her support for Minnesota's passage of legislation to define marriage as between one man and one woman. She notes that while she was a State Senator in Minnesota, she tried to pass legislation to define marriage.

 

New Hampshire Debate

In June of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann participated in the New Hampshire Republican debate. When asked about what influence she would use as President to change state laws on marriage, she stated that it was not the role of the President to interfere with state laws.

 

Fox News Appearance

In June of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann appeared on Fox News and discussed the recent passage of same-sex marriage laws in New York. She notes that each state has the right to determine it's own laws, and that she believes that such a measure should be voted on by the people.

 

CBN Interview

In June of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann was interviewed by the Christian Broadcasting Network. She was asked again about the New York law and her views on state's rights. She notes the constitutional problems when legally married same-sex couples move to a state with no such law. She states that she supports DOMA in this regard.

 

New Hampshire Debate

In June of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann participated in the Presidential debate in New Hampshire. She was asked about campaigning on gay marriage if she was elected President and stated that she would not campaign to overturn state laws.

 

Iowa Debate

In August of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann participated in the Republican debate in Ames, Iowa. She stated that she supported a constitutional amendment to define marriage.

Voting Record

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

In 2010, the House voted to overturn the policy of don't ask, don't tell. Michele Bachmann voted against repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Michele Bachmann voted against repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 2608; Marriage and DC - Cosponsor

Defines "marriage" for all legal purposes in the District of Columbia to mean the union of one man and one woman.

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