Pressure on GOP candidates over LGBT positions ahead of primaries

More recently, Bachmann came face-to-face with an eight-year-old boy who told her that his mother didn’t need to be “fixed” because of her sexual orientation. Just a day earlier, Bachmann was confronted by a high school student at a campaign event in Iowa who asked, “Why can’t same-sex couples get married?”

Bachmann responded, “They can get married, but they abide by the same law as everyone else. They can marry a man if they’re a woman. Or they can marry a woman if they’re a man.”

She must have forgotten that Iowa has marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Many of the other candidates haven’t fared well, either. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Minnesota Sen. Tim Pawlenty have also been “glitter bombed” this year.

Over the weekend, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, still trying to recover from the debate gaffe heard around the world, was confronted by a high school student who asked the governor why he so strongly opposes gay and lesbian soldiers.

“Here’s my issue. This is about my faith, and I happen to think, you know, there are a whole hosts of sins,” Perry replied, according to ABC News. “Homosexuality being one of them, and I’m a sinner and so I’m not going to be the first one to throw a stone. I don’t agree that openly gays should be serving in the military. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was working.”

How exactly was DADT working?

The GOP’s candidates, and even President Obama, have to expect this kind of scrutiny on the campaign trail. There’s a long way to go until Election Day and something tells me we ain’t seen nothing yet.


Top photo: Michele Bachmann during a recent GOP debate (via Facebook)