Potential 2012 presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN) stressed her conservative social policy credentials during an appearance in Iowa organized by the anti-gay group The FAMiLY Leader. To the pleasure of her hosts, Bachmann highlighted her support for the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the almost defunct Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, while also speaking out against LGBT-friendly legislation like the 2009 Hate Crimes legislation and the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA).
Bachmann said she has supported so-called traditional values all her life, but became aware of the importance of “defending” marriage in 2003, after the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that denying marriage rights to same-sex couples violated the state constitution. After hearing about the ruling from a local Christian radio station, Bachmann — then a member of the Minnesota State Senate — went on a walk and, through prayer, discovered that God wanted her to introduce an amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman:
BACHMANN: When that happened, I heard the news on my local Christian radio station in Minneapolis, St. Paul and I was devastated. And I took a walk and I just went to prayer and I said Lord, what would you have me do in the Minnesota state senate? And just through prayer I knew that I was to introduce the marriage amendment in Minnesota.
Bachmann’s amendment failed, even as she warned that “the sex curriculum will be essentially by taught by the local gay community” if the measure did not pass.