Usually the debate over marriage equality features two groups of people: those who believe gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry a same-sex partner, and those who don’t.

Michele Bachmann, meanwhile, appeared in Iowa yesterday where she argued gays and lesbians are free to get married — just so long as they choose a spouse of the other gender. (thanks to B.A. for the tip)

JANE SCHMIDT: Then, why can’t same-sex couples get married?

BACHMANN: They can get married, but they abide by the same law as everyone else. They can marry a man if they’re a woman. Or they can marry a woman if they’re a man.

So, in Bachmann’s mind, gay people can get married just as soon as they agree to stop being gay.

This is obviously offensive nonsense, but I’m almost inclined to at least give Bachmann points for creativity.

Steve Benen

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