Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann continues to garner criticism for her anti-gay views in the US after new audio emerged of her defining homosexuality as ‘part of Satan’.
Speaking at a national education conference in 2004, the Minnesota congresswoman (who was a state senator at the time) gave a lecture on the effects of same-sex marriage on education, stating:
“I am not here bashing people who are homosexuals, who are lesbians, who are bisexual, who are transgendered. We need to have profound compassion for the people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life, and sexual identity disorders. This is a very real issue. It’s not funny, it’s sad. Any of you who have members of your family that are in the lifestyle—we have a member of our family that is. This is not funny. It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay. It’s anything but gay.”
Bachmann has been a lightening rod for controversy in the American presidential race for her views on the GLBTI community. Recently it was revealed that her husband, Marcus Bachmann, runs a counseling service that uses public funds to ‘cure’ people of their homosexuality.
Last week, Bachmann signed a pledge written by conservatives in the US state of Iowa that opposes marriage equality, Sharia law and bans pornography.
The pledge also stated that homosexuality is a choice, rather than a biological trait and contained a passage that read: “Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.”
The latter was removed after considerable public outrage.
Listen to the 2004 audio below: