Michele Bachmann has accused gay people of trying to “bully the American people" in response to the veto of an Arizona “right to discriminate” bill.
“There’s nothing about gays in there, but the gay community decided to make this their measure,” Bachmann said. “And 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.”
But the sponsor of the Arizona bill, Sen. Steve Yarbrough, and the Center for Arizona Policy said explicitly that the bill is indeed a “gay issue” even if the bill doesn’t state sexual orientation outright. Yarbrough proposed to bill to offer Arizona business owners legal recourse if they choose not to provide services to gay people, a response to the New Mexico wedding photographer lawsuit.
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The Minnesota congresswoman maintained that gay people and “activist judges” were on a campaign to take away her personal freedom.
“If you want take away my religious liberties, you can advocate for that but you do it through the constitutional process and you don’t intimidate and no politician should give away my religious liberties or yours,” Bachmann told Larson.
Bachmann told Jan Brewer in an earlier interview that there is a “terrible intolerance afoot in the United States” against people with “sincerely held religious beliefs." The issue promises to become a GOP rallying cry in 2014.