Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus attended the church service of Iowa Pastor Jeff Mullen yesterday, listening quietly as he showed a testimonial video of an alleged ex-gay convert and decried homosexuality as both “immoral and unnatural.”
It might have appeared like just another stop on the campaign trail, but Bachmann has extensive ties to Mullen. The Point of Grace Church pastor joined 99 other religious leaders in formally endorsing Bachmann for president last week, and the two have both been vocal advocates of the ousting of three Iowa Supreme Court justices last year over the court’s 2009 decision striking down the state’s same-sex marriage law. Calling the judges “black-robed masters,” Bachmann praised Iowa voters for turning them out of office.
Mullen took a much more active role in the anti-retention campaign, setting up a website dedicated almost exclusively to getting rid of the “seven rogue justices” and asked “pastors to register voters on the Sundays.” Mississippi’s American Family Association, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated an anti-gay hate group, supported his efforts. Mullen explained his campaign as a legal issue. Watch it: