Still, both she [Monica Meyer] and Duran have concerns about a backlash. They point to the re-election of Rep. Michele Bachmann as a reason for GLBT rights advocates to be wary. They look at an adoption amendment in Arkansas that passed this November that is chilling: The amendment says only married couples can adopt and, of course, in Arkansas only a man and a woman can marry.
Bachmann didn't even campaign on the gay marriage issue in her congressional campaign - she campaigned on taxes, immigration scares and "drill baby drill". If campaigning on that issue would have helped Bachmann, she'd have done it - but she didn't. Bachmann winning by a plurality in the most conservative, gerrymandered district in the state is NOT a referendum on gays. OutFront Minnesota is just using this as an excuse for asking nothing from the Democratic Legislature. They will then continue to blame Governor Pawlenty for lack of progress. Pawlenty deserves criticism for vetoing the municipal domestic partnership bill. However, Kelliher and Pogemiller deserve criticism if they don't get the bill through both houses.
Gay groups locally and nationally were not involved in trying to defeat Michele Bachmann. It was a different story with Marilyn Musgrave in Colorado, who was defeated handily by Betsy Markey.