Michele Bachmann: The LGBT Community is Bullying America
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is still upset that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the state's controversial bill that would allow business owners to discriminate against LGBT customers.
According to a report by Right Wing Watch, Bachmann told talk show host Lars Larson during an interview at CPAC last week that she is tired of gay people "bullying" her and America.
"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."
She then added that "activist judges" are trying to take away her 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," she said.
Earlier this month Bachmann made similar comments about Brewer's decision to veto SB 1062. In an interview with Yahoo's The Fine Print, the congresswoman said she was "sorry" that the governor nixed the measure.
"I believe that tolerance is a two-way street, and we need to respect everyone's rights, including the rights of people who have sincerely held religious beliefs," Bachmann said. "Religious liberties and the protection of our religious liberties is right," she said. "Right now, there's a terrible intolerance afoot in the United States, and it's against people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs."
A number of Republicans, including Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain, urged Brewer to veto the measure. A number of companies, like Apple Inc., also called for a veto. Additionally, officials from the National Football League said they may pull out of hosting the next Super Bowl in Arizona if Brewer signed the bill into law.
"Constitutional rights shouldn't be traded away, no matter if the NFL decides to have an economic boycott or not, there is no price that you can put on constitutional liberty," Bachmann said.
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