Michele Bachmann has had quite enough of all the gay bullying. Not the bullying of gay people mind you, but the bullying by gay people that has apparently gotten out of hand. Last week in an interview with talk show host Lars Larson at CPAC the Republican Representative from Minnesota said that the gay community had “bullied the American people” and “intimidated politicians,” and enough is enough.
Still lamenting the defeat of Arizona’s controversial bill to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the congresswoman said, “there’s nothing about gays in there, but the gay community decided to make this their measure.” Previsously Bachmann said, “Just like we need to observe tolerance for the gay and lesbian community, we need to have tolerance for the community of people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs.”
The bill, which was vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, was intended to strengthen the existing law to give any individual or legal entity an exemption from any state law if it substantially burdened their exercise of religion, including an Arizona law requiring public accommodation.
While the bill contains no specific language about sexual orientation, the Center for Arizona Policy, which authored it, specifically points to the New Mexico Supreme Court case Elane Photography v. Willock as motivation for the bill. Sponsors of the bill used the case wherein a wedding photographer defended her refusal to provide services to a lesbian couple under New Mexico’s own Religious Freedom Restoration Act and lost as motivation to update Arizona’s RFRA.
Bachmann added, “The thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere. Well, not with the Constitution you don’t.” Actually in a constitutional republic like ours, you do.
Listen to the ciip of Michele Bachmann below, via Right Wing Watch: