The husband of anti-gay US Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has promised to campaign against gay marriage in his capacity as ‘First Man’ if his wife is elected.

Marcus Bachmann runs a Christian counselling service that uses public funds to ‘cure’ people of their homosexuality through reparative therapy.

Spouses of US presidents regularly use their official status to raise public awareness of certain causes. First Lady Laura Bush advocated literacy programs and First Lady Michelle Obama has focused on children’s nutrition.

Last week, Bachmann told an audience in Iowa that his serious issue would be to coordinate a nationwide campaign focused on the conservative traditional family values, including an anti-same sex marriage platform.

“I’ve decided my cause is… pro-marriage, pro-family, and pro-life,” he said.

“We’re going to get this message across that marriage is between one man and one woman.

“We’re not going to minimise what the family is, we’re going to promote families.”

Bachmann said he didn’t think that this campaign would reflect negatively on any one type of family.

“Remember, we are not disrespectful or dishonoring of someone who is choosing and being gay in their lifestyle or wanting to be married. That’s up to the churches. But as the government defines marriage as between one man and one woman, that’s pretty universally understood.”

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