Twitterverse Titters Over 'Gay' Mr. Bachmann

Observers speculate he protests gay marriage too much

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 4, 2011 5:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – Political observers' gaydar is super-piqued by the intriguing Mr. Michele Bachmann, particularly because the therapist is so rabidly anti-gay. "It's pretty much a given that the most vociferously homophobic men are usually repressing something," chortles actor James Urbaniak. "But, oh Mary, Marcus takes the ever-loving cake. I haven't seen flames this high since the last California wildfire." Actor Dave Foley recently asked on Twitter: "How can Michele Bachmann be opposed to gay marriage when she is married to a gay man?"

Marcus Bachmann is a psychotherapist who helps patients stay on the straight-and-narrow via "Christian counseling" informed by "Godly principles" at his Medicaid-supported clinic. He has referred to gays as "barbarians" who "need to be disciplined," and has donated to a group fighting gay marriage. Questions about Bachmann's sexuality bubbled even before Michele declared she's running for president, notes Gawker. Truth Wins Out posted a video of the mister last year, adding its own snide: "No comment necessary." So does Marcus bashing amount to gay bashing? "As long as the Bachmanns continue to display traits that seem to be at odds with their positions on the issues, they're sure to inspire more ridicule," writes a Wisconsin blogger. "Whether that ridicule is justified or unseemly is a debate within itself."

Michele and Marcus Bachmann pat their dog Boomer before a rally last year.
Michele and Marcus Bachmann pat their dog Boomer before a rally last year.   (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
Rep. Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, wave to the crowd  after her formal announcement to seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination last week.
Rep. Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, wave to the crowd after her formal announcement to seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination last week.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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