Bachmann's stepsister opposes her effort
Lesbian disputes senator's work to ban gay marriage
BY PATRICK CONDON
No other state lawmaker has been more outspoken against gay marriage than Sen. Michele Bachmann, who for more than two years has led the effort at the Capitol to reserve the institution for heterosexual couples.
So when the Senate Judiciary Committee heard the Stillwater Republican's bill proposing a constitutional amendment against gay marriage Tuesday, it was perhaps no surprise that some of her family members were in the audience. But one surprise was where one of them was sitting — alongside fellow opponents of the ban.
Bachmann's stepsister, Helen LaFave of Minneapolis, is a lesbian. She did not testify at the hearing, in which senators rejected Bachmann's measure, but she said afterward that she felt it important to be there.
Bachmann said the nine siblings and stepsiblings united by their parents' marriage are split on the issue. "The vote is 6-3 in our family," she said.
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Apr 4, 2006 – Bachmann, stepsister hold opposing views. The lesbian stepsister of Minnesota's leading champion of the marriage amendment begs to differ. ...