Bachmann cut off an interview last week as she was being asked a question about gay marriage and emphasized that she is focused on rebuilding the economy and repealing federal health care reform.
"I'm not involved in light, frivolous matters," she said. "I'm not involved in fringe or side issues. I'm involved in serious issues."Alexander Burns over at Politico seems to think that this new "serious issue" focus by Bachmann could be because there might now be a "de facto truce" in the culture wars.
Though it would be politically expedient for Bachmann to attempt to distance herself from social issues, she does not seem to be declaring a "truce" on the issue and even focusing on more "serious issues" (though LGBT people would disagree that marriage equality is not serious), and instead seems to be going in the opposite direction.
Not only has she, along with her primary contenders Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Tim Pawlenty ,all signed onto the National Organization for Marriage's new "marriage pledge", but she also signed The Family Leaders "Marriage Vow" last month; a pledge that was widely criticized by politicians and organizations on both sides of the political spectrum.
Additionally, Representative Bachmann is also slated to appear at the National Organization for Marriage's "Values Voter" bus tour, a tour also being organized by the Family Research Council and Susan B. Anthony List. This tour will be traveling over 1,300 miles in the state of Iowa, energizing Republican voters to support a socially conservative presidential candidate; all the while demeaning LGBT people and their contributions to the decline of America's "moral fabric".
The profile of Bachmann by the Concord Monitor sums up her perspective quite clearly, when, quoting Christian evangelist and writer Jan Markell regarding Rep. Bachmann, said,
"I don't think I've seen a politician motivated by her conservative beliefs like her...she's not just speaking her political convictions, she's speaking her biblical conviction."