It's been a few months since Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, came under fire for their seemingly controversial clinic and past statements they have made about homosexuality. Now, it seems the husband and wife duo are attempting to clarify their opinions on gays and lesbians in an upcoming issue of People Magazine.
In the past, Michele came under fire for saying that homosexuality causes bondage, despair and "enslavement," while her husband has purportedly compared gays and lesbians to "barbarians." However, the Bachmanns feel that their statements may have been taken out of context or that they were not properly framed by the media.
In the upcoming issue of People, the couple defends themselves against claims that they are anti-gay. While Marcus says, "There's never been a bias," Michele claims, "I'm no better than anyone else."
The Huffington Post has more about the interview that will likely inspire controversy and discussion among Bachmann's fans and foes, alike:
People also talked to Michele Bachmann's gay stepsister, Helen LaFave, who Bachmann said she loved. LaFave said, "Yes, we are family and love each other, but she seems to have a disconnect. Her statements and actions related to gay rights are very hurtful, whether she understands that or not." Their once-close relationship reportedly strained over Bachmann's anti-gay activism.
This isn't the first time that the Bachmanns have attempted to clarify their positions on homosexuality. In July, Marcus spoke with the Star Tribune, where he addressed what he saw as misconceptions concerning his stance on the issue.
In addressing the allegation that he called homosexuals "barbarians," he said, "I was talking in reference to children. Nothing, nothing to do with homosexuality. That’s not my mindset. That’s not my belief system. That’s not the way I would talk.” He also discussed “reparative therapy” (a controversial counseling approach that seeks to alleviate individuals of their same-sex attraction).
Perhaps the upcoming People interview will help clarify where the couple stands. It's likely that both will say that they oppose gay marriage, but that they do not oppose individuals who happen to be gay. Based on their past attempts at clarifying their opinions on the matter, this seems like the balance they will attempt to strike.
(H/T: Huffington Post)