“I’m Not Judging Them”

By that, Bachmann is saying that her belief that gay men and women are sick and need to be cured is not in itself a hostile judgment. It is just the truth. She knows it is the truth because the Bible says so. And you know this is something she believes in by the work her husband has been doing. And you know this is something that is a priority for her since she can make speeches in which she says:

It's a very sad life. It's part of Satan, I think, to say that this is gay. It's anything but gay. … It leads to the personal enslavement of individuals. Because if you're involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it's bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement. And that's why this is so dangerous. … We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders.

Personal despair? And this is what she regards as an empirical description of what I and other gays and lesbians regard as our core identities. What she is saying is that there is no such thing as a homosexual. There are merely heterosexuals with fucked-up psyches who need help. She is saying that for her, an entire American minority should, in an ideal world, not exist. And her likeliest competitor, Rick Perry, believes that the unconstitutional sodomy laws should be enforced; and Bachmann would reinstate the mandatory closet for anyone in uniform.

When was the last time someone ran on a platform that, in his or her view, in an ideal world, an American minority should not even exist?