Sinking GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann tried to deflect a question about her past anti-gay comments during an interview on CNN this morning, refusing to explain her 2004 claim that the gay life is “part of Satan”:
SOLEDAD O’BRIEN: You have taken a lot of flak for some of your very strong social issues, where you stand on them, and I want to talk about some of them. Your stance on homosexuality — and want to read a little bit of what you said — You said, at the Educators Conference in 2004, ‘Gays live a very sad life,’ and that ‘it’s part of Satan’ And that’s quote. You’ve taken a lot of flak for that. Do you pull back on any of that?
BACHMANN: It’s a bizarre thing to bring up. Today is the election, what people recognize is that the most important issue that people will be looking at is, ‘Who is the best person to deal with the economy?’ [...]
O’BRIEN: What you’re telling me is that you don’t want to discuss social issues because you want to discuss the economy. I don’t think it’s a bizarre question. I think it’s a fair question if you’re running to be president.
BACHMANN: Well, it’s a gotcha question coming way out of the past. I stand very strong for marriage between one man and one woman.
Bachmann of course came to prominence for sponsoring a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota and has called same-sex marriage “probably the biggest issue that will impact our state and our nation in the last, at least, 30 years.” Here is the full context of her 2004 quote: “We need to have profound compassion for the people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life, and sexual identity disorders. This is a very real issue. It’s not funny, it’s sad. [...] This is not funny. It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay. It’s anything but gay. [...] Because if you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. Personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement. And that’s why this is so dangerous.” [HT: The Blaze]