Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) complained last week that the "gay community" was bullying the "American people."
Rep. Bachmann spoke to conservative radio host Lars Larson at the CPAC conference about Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoing a bill that would have allowed business owners to discriminate against customers (including homosexuals) based on their religious beliefs.
Rep. Bachmann insisted there was "nothing about gays" in the Arizona bill, which is true, but failed to mention it would likely be used against gay people, reports RightWingWatch.org (audio below).
The Center for Arizona Policy, which wrote the Arizona bill, and the bill's sponsor, Sen. Steve Yarbrough (R) admitted its purpose was to protect businesses from serving same-sex marriages, noted TalkingPointsMemo.com.
"The thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community, they have so bullied the American people and they have so intimidated politicians that politicians fear them and so they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere." said Rep. Bachmann. "Well, not with the Constitution you don't."
"If you want take away my religious liberties, you can advocate for that but you do it through the constitutional process," added Rep. Bachmann. "You don’t intimidate and no politician should give away my religious liberties or yours."