Minnesota is now the 12th state, following Delaware and Rhode Island, to legalize same-sex marriage, with its senate voting 37-30 in favor of it. The lower house had already passed it 75-59 and the governor signed it yesterday. It will take effect on August 1.
The city of Minneapolis lit up one of its bridges last night to celebrate passage of the legislation.
But I am sure that your first reaction was to ask: What does Michele Bachmann, Minnesota’s most famous crazy person, have to say about this? She cares deeply about this issue, so much so that in 2005 she introduced a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage when she was a member of the state legislature. The measure failed. But she persevered and during the 2012 election campaign, Bachmann was vocally opposing this issue and as recently as April of this year she made a speech to a conservative group filled with dire warnings of the need to combat Satan’s growing influence and abortion, gay rights, and ‘Islamist jihad’.
She later issued a brief statement saying “I am disappointed at the passage of the gay marriage bill in the Minnesota State Senate today, which redefines marriage and denies religious liberty to people who believe in traditional marriage and who do not want to be forced to violate their conscience and sincerely held religious beliefs.”
This is typical of the warped thinking of people like her. Whose religious liberty is being denied by this action, and how? Whose conscience in being violated, and in what way?
I also came across this article from the satirical magazine The Daily Currant which quotes Bachmann comparing the twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul to that other famous pair of Sodom and Gomorrah.
In an interview with a local television station, the conservative firebrand said she believes God will destroy Minneapolis once the legislation is enacted, and wants to be far away when the reckoning happens.
Although none of the other states has suffered from Biblical-like destruction, Minnesota’s most outspoken voice in Congress told anchor Bruce Nolan that it’s only a matter of time.
“I don’t know what it will be, Bruce,” she said. “It could be an earthquake. It could be a volcano. It could be some sort of flesh eating virus. All I know is that God does not let homosexuality go unpunished, and Minneapolis is next in line for his wrath.
“It breaks my heart to think that the Democrats are willing to play politics with the lives of so many Minnesotans. And I hate to leave so many of my constituents behind, but I urge them – please, please – follow my example and get your loved ones to safety before it’s too late.”
This is a parody but the author of this piece has precisely captured the way in which Bachmann says crazy things in an earnest and serious way. I can almost hear her voice saying those words, as she gazes directly into the camera. I was not surprised that the article fooled many people into thinking it was real. With people like Bachmann, it is hard to tell the real from the parody.