Michele Bachmann Clarifies That 'Boring' Gay Marriage Remark

UNITED STATES - JUNE 26: Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., joins House Republicans to speak during a news conference in opposit
UNITED STATES - JUNE 26: Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., joins House Republicans to speak during a news conference in opposition to the Supreme Court's Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) decision on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Michele Bachmann is singing the same, tired tune on same-sex marriage after all.

The Minnesota representative spoke about marriage equality with The Huffington Post's Michelangelo Signorile for his SiriusXM Progress show during the Values Voter Summit in Washington Friday. During the brief conversation, she said marriage equality is "not an issue" and is actually "boring" now.

Although such remarks might suggest Bachmann -- a staunch conservative who has campaigned against gay rights -- has shifted her stance in the fight over marriage equality, she has not.

"What I said is that this won’t be the issue that drives the 2014 [midterm] election,” Bachmann later told WND. “I told the reporter it’s getting boring having them only press this issue with Republicans while ignoring Democrats."

"The media loves to divide us on this issue," she continued. "They look for something all the time. I said nothing different. I’m the woman who carried the traditional marriage amendment in Minnesota, and I stand firm in my belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman.”

While Bachmann may claim this is what she meant to convey to Signorile, the audio clip of the encounter, below, includes no mention of these comments beyond the original ones reported on Saturday.

American Family Association's Bryan Fischer responded to the Tea Party pundit's comments by saying the debate is "far from settled," when speaking to Signorile. However, he admitted there are some in the conservative party who "have sort of given up."

Bachmann currently represents Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. She will not be on the ballot, as she did not seek re-election for a fifth term.

The 58-year-old has long been an opponent of gay rights while in office. In July, she slammed the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act as a “denial of equal protection for all Americans" and called same-sex marriage a "radical" experiment that flies in the face of God.



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