Michele Bachmann isn't really leaving Minnesota over the gay marriage vote
Sorry, Minnesota, but Michele Bachmann is not fleeing to Oregon over Monday's vote to legalize same-sex marriage. Not because she was bluffing, but because the Daily Currant -- the news site that published the report -- is satirical.
Did you really think she would make it that easy?
In case you missed it: Yesterday, hours before the Minnesota Senate planned to vote on the gay marriage bill, the Currant published a story about Bachmann threatening to leave if the measure passed. It's really not such an unbelievable claim -- Bachmann has said far crazier things -- so it's not surprising that many took the story as legitimate news, and the piece lit up on social media for hours before and after the vote.
From the Currant story:
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann threatened to leave Minnesota today if the state goes ahead with its plans to legalize gay marriage.
In an interview with a local television station, the conservative firebrand said she believes God will destroy Minneapolis once the legislation is enacted, and wants to be far away when the reckoning happens.
"The Bible is very clear on this issue," she told KSTP-TV this morning, "Homosexuality is a sin, and God will punish communities that support it.
"Sodom and Gomorrah thought they could defy the will of God - and we all know what happened to them. If the governor signs this legislation into law the Minneapolis-St. Paul region will be next.
"I have a friend from Eden Prairie who's already packed everything she owns into her car and is driving out to Montana as we speak. These are very scary times. I don't want my family to be the last ones out."
Unlike the Onion, the Currant is confusingly subtle in its humor, and this isn't the first time it's been mistaken for a real news site. Earlier this year, the Washington Post cited the Currant in a story saying Sarah Palin had taken a gig at Al Jazeera. More recently, the Drudge report fell for a Currant piece about a restaurant refusing New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg a second slice of pizza as retribution for his proposed limit on soda sizes.
So if no one gets the joke, is the Daily Currant actually funny? We'll let our readers be the judge.
At any rate, if Minnesota really does want to purge itself of Michele Bachmann, it's going to have to be at the polls.