Reactions to New York's passage of marriage equality continue to pour in, and some of them are surprising. For example, Michele Bachmann, the GOP presidential nomination hopeful who is notably opposed to LGBT equality, said on Fox News Sunday this morning that she was OK with New York's decision on the grounds that she supports states' rights.
Despite her agreement that the decision is valid, the Minnesota congresswoman explained that she would have preferred a ballot initiative, as "it's best to allow the people to decide on this issue." She smugly noted that ballot initiatives on marriage equality have not experienced success (video below).
On the same program, she reportedly said that as president, she would support a constitutional amendment to define marriage between a man and a woman. Bachmann will officially announce her campaign for the presidency on Monday in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa.
Later in the day, she appeared on CBS' Face the Nation (video below), where she said, "I stand for the proposition that marriage is between a man and a woman." She spoke more about marriage equality and LGB rights:
I think that Minnesota this year, for instance, just about a month ago or so, passed at the legislative level the constitutional amendment to allow the people to decide what the definition of marriage will be, so that ballot question will be on the ballot in 2012. The people of New York came to a different conclusion. I think what we know is that, ultimately, you have all the various laws in the various states. There'll be a conflict if someone from New York, for instance, moves to a state where marriage is between a man and a woman, will these marriages be recognized. Ultimately, it'll go to the courts.