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Bachmann Suspends Campaign

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Michele Bachmann – one of the most extreme anti-gay candidates in the GOP presidential contest – is suspending her campaign following a poor showing in yesterday’s Iowa caucus.

Bachmann has previously likened being gay to being a “part of Satan,” and refused to tackle LGBT bullying in her district by saying it was “not a federal issue.” Her husband, Marcus Bachmann, also is alleged to have carried out the dangerous and roundly disproven practice of reparative therapy at his Minnesota clinic.

Rick Perry, who has returned to Texas to “reassess his candidacy” following a weak showing in Iowa, is vowing to continue his campaign nonetheless. Perry also has a long anti-gay track record – he worked with leading anti-gay groups last year to hold a Christian-only day of prayer at Reliant Stadium in Houston, and just recently released a bizarre ad equating the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to an attack on people of faith:

Candidates like Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul continue to court the support of extremist organizations – stay with Back Story for the latest on the GOP primaries and the candidates' ties to anti-gay groups.

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