Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared on FOX News Sunday to discuss her presidential campaign, the economy and Friday night's historic marriage equality vote in New York. "In New York state, they have passed the law at the state legislative level," said the Minnesota Republican. "Under the 10th amendment, the states have the right to set the laws that they want to set."
Bachmann added that she supported the ballot initiative process and a federal marriage amendment, which would invalidate the state laws. "Every time it's going on the ballot, the people have decided to keep the traditional definition. After all, the family is the fundamental unit of government."
The statement is apparently a contradiction by Bachmann, who is a consistent defender of state's rights. At the New Hampshire debate for 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls on June 13, Bachmann said she does support a constitutional amendment but "would not be going into the states to overturn their state law."
In recent months, the anti-gay founder of the U.S. House Tea Party Caucus praised conservative Iowa voters for ousting three justices involved in the unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruling that brought marriage equality. Bachmann also supported the Minnesota legislature's May vote to send a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage to voters.