The gay woman's action has generated some controversy. Many are saying that she should not have used the little boy to deliver her message.
A video of the encounter showed Bachmann leaning over to hear the boy who spoke very quietly.
“What’s your name? Elijah? It’s really good to meet you,” Bachmann said as she strained to catch the boy's words.
The boy's mother, pushing him toward Bachmann, said: “Do you have something you need to say?"
The boy spoke again,very quietly, and Bachmann still did not get the message. She said to the mother, “I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear him."
The boy's mother urged him again: “You can say it louder, go ahead."
Then Bachmann leaned right over the table, bringing her ears close to the boy's lips, saying, "That’s alright, you can come a little closer. You said something but I think my ears were too far away. You can come closer.”
Bachmann, finally got the message, when the boy whispered into her ears, “My mommy’s gay but she doesn’t need fixing."
The Christian Post
reports that Bachmann looked up at the boy's mother with a smile while the boy was taken away. The New York Times
, however, reports that when Bachmann got the message she stood up quickly casting a cold stare at the woman and said "Bye-bye."
On Sunday, the boy's mother posted a comment on YouTube about her son's encounter with Bachmann:
"Video of Michele Bachmann trying to get her photo op in with my 8 year old son. It's hard to hear but he leans in and tells her that his mom is gay and she doesn't need fixing. GO ELIJAH! Love that look of shock she gets.
We were there for an Occupy Myrtle Beach event to mic check Michele Bachmann on another issue. The LGBT issue came up separately."
According to The Christian Post
, John Smid, director of Grace Rivers Ministry in Memphis, and former director of Love in Action, objected to the woman using her 8-year-old son to deliver such message. Smid said:
“Well, suffice it to say, this is a volatile issue that I don’t think is appropriate for a child to be engaged in. Until a child reaches adulthood, at least in their early twenties, should someone be asked to deliver an opinion that is not their own. Suffice it to say, the adults in their life heavily influence an 8-year-old’s opinion. There are many other ways a message could be conveyed without involving children.”
But the woman who filmed the encounter explained the circumstances. She claimed that it was the boy who volunteered to deliver the message to Bachmann:
“His mom was going to say something to her, but she got nervous and told me she wanted to leave. We were about to step out of line but Elijah cried out, 'Nooo!' He grabbed onto her coat and pulled her back in the line, saying he wanted to talk to her."
Bachmann's opposition to same-sex marriage is well known. Her husband has a clinic which came to public attention after stories were published in the media that gays were being told to "pray away the gay,"
meaning that prayers can cure homosexual orientation.
reports that LGBT activists have confronted Bachmann in the past over her opposition to same-sex marriage, and her statement that she would reverse the legislation that overturned the ban on gay marriage in Iowa. In June, she was "glitter-bombed" at a conference by a pro-gay activist.