Gay People Can Get Married -- But Only To Members Of The Opposite Sex
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|Fri, 12-02-2011 - 10:24am|
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Michele Bachmann: Gay People Can Get Married -- But Only To Members Of The Opposite Sex
GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says gay people do have the right to get married -- so long as they're planning on tying the knot with a member of the opposite sex.
The Minnesota congresswoman was campaigning in Iowa Wednesday addressing a group of high school students when Jane Schmidt, president of Waverly High School's Gay-Straight Alliance, confronted her on same-sex marriage rights.
(Video of the exchange above, via CNN iReporter Anelia Dimitrova)
Bachmann had just finished explaining that the purpose of government was to ensure that the civil rights of all Americans are protected.
"We all have the same civil rights," Bachmann said, according to the Des Moines Register, providing an opportunity for Schmidt to press her.
"Then, why can't same-sex couples get married?" Schmidt asked.
"They can get married," Bachmann responded. "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."