Seeking to solidify her reputation among social conservatives, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota continues to push her anti-marriage equality agenda in what is likely a prelude to a 2012 presidential run.
Speaking Friday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington, D.C., Bachmann commended the Minnesota state legislature's recent move to allow voters to decide on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in 2012 -- and encouraged other states to follow suit.
"This is the time," Bachmann said of anti-marriage equality amendments. "And so I want to encourage all of you at home, if you don't have a similar amendment, consider this in your home states. I believe this is the time to do it."
Chair of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, Bachmann has used the issue of gay marriage -- specifically the Obama administration's February announcement that it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act -- as a list-building and fund-raising tool.
In a statement last month to The Advocate, Minnesota senator Al Franken condemned the state's anti-gay marriage ballot measure and said it "would do nothing more than write discrimination into our state's constitution and add to the barriers same-sex couples already face to the full recognition of their families."
"I'm hopeful that common sense and compassion will prevail and that this amendment will be defeated," Franken said.