Bachmann tells religious conservatives ‘marriage is under siege’

Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), trying to sound every bit like a Presidential candidate, on Friday took the usual opportunity to reaffirm her support for a nationwide ban on same-sex marriage.

Speaking to scores of conservatives at a Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, Bachmann said she was encouraged by what she sees happening at the state level, citing the Minnesota legislature’s recent decision to put the question of gay marriage before voters in a 2012 ballot initiative.

Bachmann said 2012 presents a prime opportunity for conservatives to take make headway on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

“This is the time,” Bachmann said. “If you don’t have an amendment in your state, consider it.”

“Marriage is under siege like no other time in America,” she said.

Bachmann supports both a federal and state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and any legal equivalents.

She has previously said that the gay community was “specifically targeting our children,” and that if gay marriage became legal, schools would be forced to teach children that homosexuality was normal and that they “should try it.”

Speaking at EdWatch National Education Conference in 2004, Bachmann said of people who are LGBT, “We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders.”

Bachmann, who’s expected to officially announce her bid for the White House this month, is one of several GOP presidential hopefuls speaking at the conference, including former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Herman Cain and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

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