Bachmann raises cash off Obama's call to abandon Defense Of Marriage Act
When the Obama administration announced that it would no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, Michele Bachmann didn't take to her microphone at Fox News, and she didn't rant on the House floor.
Bachmann finds another way to make a buck.
She asked supporters for $50,000 instead.
The White House decision "could be a crushing blow to the traditional marriage movement," she intoned darkly in a fundraising letter to supporters. "Support for traditional marriage is overwhelmingly strong across the country."
While that maybe true in Bachmann's world, it's pretty clear that in the rest of America, people are moving on.
A Gallup tracking poll (above) shows that the percentage of Americans who oppose gay marriage has dropped from 68 percent to 53 percent since 1996, while support has climbed from 27 percent to 44 percent.
Opposition to gay marriage is on the wane.
The Pew Research Center has found a similar trend, calling it broad-based, across a variety of demographic, political and religious groups: Pluralities of white mainline Protestants and white Catholics now favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, Pew found.
Maybe more importantly, Americans indicated that, with the economy in the toilet, and unemployment high, they're just not that interested in another culture war over whether people should be able to marry whomever they love.
Never mind that. In the e-mail, Bachmann made a plea for her supporters to sign a petition, then came the call to action:
I hope you will consider making a generous donation of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more. Your contribution will enable me to spread this petition to millions of conservative activists across the country.
Read the Department of Justice and Bachmann statements after the jump.
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