Bachmann: Gay Marriage is "Offensive." Pelosi: "Who Cares?"


On Wednesday, the Defense of Marriage Act was deemed unconstitutional by a Supreme Court ruling of a 5-4 vote. After the Court's declaration on DOMA and allowing same-sex marriages to resume in California, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) protested against the rulings.

Bachmann appeared after the rulings with other House conservatives during a press conference and stated that the rulings by the Supreme Court were "offensive on so many levels.' She continued by saying that the decision by the court was substantial because "The Supreme Court not only attacked our Constitution today, they not only attacked the equal protection rights of every citizen under our Constitution, they attacked something that they have no jurisdiction over whatsoever, the foundational unit of our society, which is marriage."

This is reminiscent of Bachmann's earlier written statement on the Supreme Court ruling where she stated that "marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what is a holy God has instituted. She added that "only since 2000 have we seen a redefinition of this foundational unit of society in various nations." And that today "the U.S. Supreme Court decided to join the trend (of redefining marriage) despite the clear will of the people’s representatives through DOMA. What the Court has done will undermine the best interest of children and the best interests of the United States."

During the Democrats' press conference, Nancy Pelosi was asked about what she thought of Bachmann's statements on the Supreme Court's rulings earlier in the day. She responded with a shrug and just two words to bring Bachmann’s protests down a notch: "who cares?"

This offhand dismissal by Pelosi was received with laughs by her fellow Democrats, but doubtlessly it was not well received by Bachmann, whose political star has dimmed since two summers ago when she was in the thick of the Republican Party's presidential primary. Bachmann is now serving her final term in Congress.


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