GOProud Seeks Audience with Bachmann
Gay conservative group GOProud says it would like a meeting with anti-gay politician Michele Bachmann in order to address controversial statements about GLBT Americans that Bachmann and her husband, Marcus Bachmann, have made, CNN reported on July 18.
GOProud, CNN noted, "supports traditional conservative issues such as limited government, lower taxes and a strong foreign policy." But the group is controversial among the GLBT community for its support of politicians and other personalities perceived as anti-gay, such as GOP presidential nomination hopeful Herman Cain and Ann Coulter, who delivered the keynote speech at "Homocon," a GOProud event that took place last September.
GOProud has also praised Bachmann for her political positions, but recent scandals surrounding the candidate have prompted the gay group to seek the meeting.
"We intend to discuss the issues that gay conservatives are concerned about," GOProud co-founder and Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia told CNN.
According to GOProud, gay conservatives share many of the same concerns as their heterosexual counterparts: Limited government, reductions in federal spending, and the scrapping of President Obama’s version of health care reform for something more palatable to conservatives.
But GOProud also works toward full legal equality for GLBTs -- in theory, at least. Among the group’s other points is an opposition to the recurring proposition of amending the U.S. Constitution in a manner that would place marriage equality out of reach of gay and lesbian families, and strip marriage from same-sex couples living in the six states, and the District of Columbia, where marriage equality is currently legal.
As Bachmann’s prominence has grown in a crowded field of GOP hopefuls for the nod to run against President Obama in next year’s campaign, her legislative history has become more of an issue. As a Wisconsin state senator, Bachmann backed an amendment to that state’s constitution to bar marriage equality, and adopted much of the standard rhetoric that accompanies the anti-gay marriage position.
"If we allow this to happen, group marriage, polygamy, and much worse would not be far behind," Bachmann claimed. She also stated that schoolchildren would be forced to learn about homosexuality in the classroom.
"In our public schools, whether they want to or not, they’ll be forced to start teaching that same-sex marriage is equal, that it is normal and that children should try it," she declared.