Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN-06) issued the following statement after President Barack Obama declared his support for gay marriage:
"The President's announcement today shows how out of touch he is with the values of American families. The President continues to practice the politics of division and diversion. He's tried to divide the country over gender, education, class, and now he's attempting to divide families all as a diversion to his failed economic policies that have affected all Americans.
"Americans know better and support traditional marriage. In every state where marriage has been on the ballot, traditional marriage has prevailed. Even last night, in North Carolina, we saw traditional marriage defended.
"Marriage between one man and one woman is the foundation of our society. For more than 200 years, traditional marriage has been a cornerstone of the United States of America. I will do everything in my power to support and preserve traditional marriage and to protect American families.
"I was proud to introduce the first Constitutional amendment proposal in Minnesota when I served as a Minnesota state senator. I'm pleased that this November Minnesotans will have an opportunity to vote to defend traditional marriage. I will continue to protect traditional marriage, despite our president's decision to thumb his nose at the traditional institution of marriage."