At an Iowa campaign appearance, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann presented absurd answers as to why gays can’t get married. She said that we all have “the same rights,” but "there shouldn’t be any special rights...based on people’s preferences.” Straight couples, then, have the “right” to get married, but for gays, marriage is an illegitimate “special right” based on “preference.” And how is heterosexuality not a preference? Bachmann also states that gays have the same “right” to marry a member of the opposite sex. Why can’t they marry a member of the same sex? Because “that’s not the law of the land”–as if there are not a number of enlightened states that recognize gay marriage rights. Watch as Bachmann talks to Jane Schmidt, president of the Waverly High School Gay-Straight Alliance:
Jane Schmidt: One of my main concerns is government support for the LGBT community. So my question is what would you do to protect GSAs in high school and support the LGBT community.
Bachmann: Well, No. 1, all of us as Americans have the same rights. The same civil rights. And so that’s really what government’s role is, to protect our civil rights. There shouldn’t be any special rights or special set of criteria based upon people’s preferences. We all have the same civil rights.
Jane Schmidt: Then, why can’t same-sex couples get married?
Bachmann: They can get married, but they abide by the same law as everyone else. They can marry a man if they’re a woman. Or they can marry a woman if they’re a man.
Jane Schmidt: Why can’t a man marry a man?
Bachmann: Because that’s not the law of the land.
Jane Schmidt: So heterosexual couples have a privilege.
Bachmann: No, they have the same opportunity under the law. There is no right to same-sex marriage.
Jane Schmidt: So you won’t support the LGBT community?
Bachmann: No, I said that there are no special rights for people based upon your sex practices. There’s no special rights based upon what you do in your sex life. You’re an American citizen first and foremost and that’s it.