The people of Minnesota have grown weary of crazy-eyed proclamations and conspiracy theories. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is nothing if not tenacious, but this November she’ll struggle to retain her seat in the United States House of Representatives. Bachmann’s opponent, pro-marriage equality hotel executive Jim Graves, is now trailing the congresswoman by just two points, according to a poll released last week.
For better or for worse (hint: it’s for worse), Michele Bachmann is a household name. One of the most unapologetically anti-gay politicians in America, she’s particularly proud of her initiatives to put a marriage question on the ballot in Minnesota this fall. Not the question about her own marriage to giggly doughboy Marcus Bachmann, but rather one that would amend the Minnesota constitution to prohibit yours.
Meanwhile, Jim Graves is still trying to get people to recognize him by name. In an interview with Michelangelo Signorile, Graves asserted his likelihood of victory. “What we found early on [in polling],” he said, “is that when people know my bio, we’re ahead, 52-43. If we get my name out, we win by a landslide.”
Graves, a Democrat, also voiced his stance on marriage equality and religion:
I’ve been, for 39 years, in a loving and committed relationship. I’m very fortunate. It’s been the best thing in my life and, by gosh, everybody in America has the same rights under the law and everyone should be able to marry who they want to, when they want to. As far as what churches want to do, or synagogues, again, I believe in separation of church and state. I don’t care what the Catholic Church wants to do. I happen to be born a Catholic. But under the law everybody has the same rights and I believe very strongly in dignity and respect for everybody.
Reiterating his libertarian views on social issues, Graves said, “Government has no role to play in personal lives and that’s what I believe strongly. Contrary to Michele Bachmann, she kind of believes in a theocracy and I believe in a democracy, and secular democracy at that.” He continued, “The role of government isn’t to get involved in people’s lives.” Hear, hear!
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