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National Journal: In 2006 Interview, Bachmann Attacks Same-Sex Marriage, 'Big Love' Series

On July 20, 2011, National Journal reported:

As a state lawmaker in 2006, now-Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., warned that efforts to allow same-sex marriage would open the door to polygamy and “group marriage,’’ and she condemned a popular cable television series about a fundamentalist Mormon with three wives.

The interview with a public-affairs television show produced by the Minnesota Senate called Capitol Report was recently posted on YouTube by American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal group that targets conservatives for attack. The media office of the Minnesota Senate confirmed that the interview was authentic.

“There are lawsuits being filed all across the country by individuals to try to overturn marriage laws,’’ Bachmann, now a 2012 presidential hopeful, said in the interview. “There are efforts right now to also legitimatize and allow for polygamist marriages and also group marriages, so this issue isn’t stopping with just redefining marriage to allow for same sex-couples. There’s a new TV show on HBO right now called Big Love, and it’s promoting the idea of normalizing polygamy.’’

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“I think this interview shows once again how out of the mainstream she is and what her priorities are,’’ said Chris Harris, an American Bridge spokesman. “She’s run a good campaign to her credit and remained on message about the economy, but voters need to know the real Michele Bachmann.’’

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