At a campaign stop in Iowa yesterday, a self-described “gay-friendly Iowan” named Kathy Schnell confronted Michele and Marcus Bachmann on their anti-LGBT views by pointing out that 10 percent of the population is gay according to the famous Kinsey Report. At first the congresswoman avoided the question, but then said the report wasn’t valid. Marcus Bachmann, infamous for offering harmful ex-gay therapy, added that the 10 percent figure is “a myth”:
SCHNELL: I wonder if you’re aware that 10% of the population is gay. And if you have 28 children, then 2.8 of those kids are very likely gay. (She’s not listening to me.)
MICHELE BACHMANN: Well, that’s according to the Kinsey Report.
MARCUS BACHMANN: Your facts are wrong.
SCHNELL: That’s not valid?
MARCUS BACHMANN: No, it’s not at all. That’s been a myth for many years.
Unfortunately for the Bachmanns, those numbers are not as mythical as they might like to believe. According to analysis by the Williams Institute, it is true that only about 3.5 percent openly identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. But studies also suggest that as much as 11 percent of the population has had same-sex attractions with at least 8 percent engaging in same-sex sexual behavior.
Schnell’s point holds up: When the Bachmanns spread their anti-gay messages or harmful ex-gay junk science, they are hurting millions of Americans, and quite possibly members of their own family.