“I believe that tolerance is a two-way street, and we need to respect everyone's rights, including the rights of people who have sincerely held religious beliefs."
Bachmann voiced her opinion on the bill during an interview with The Fine Print.
The Arizona bill would have made it legal for a business owner to refuse service of any potential customer whom they felt to be gay. The only necessary justification would be strongly held religious beliefs.
The bill was passed by the state's legislative body. However, a wall of negative publicity made it unlikely to be signed into law. Outcry against the bill was so intense that senators who previously pushed for the bill changed their minds, asking that the bill be veto'd.
Brewer's decision to veto the bill was met with the approval of Arizona Sen. John McCain and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, both heavy-weight Republican figures.
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However Bachmann's opinion makes it clear that there is a serious division within the party on certain social issues.
Bachmann viewed the bill as both reasonable and necessary. She said, "There's a terrible intolerance afoot in the United States, and it's against people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs."
The Tea Party leader also voiced her opinion about the upcoming 2016 presidential race. Despite strong rumors that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could make a run for president, Bachmann thinks that her chances of getting to the White House as the first woman president are rather slim.
"She's proved that she would be incapable of being commander-in-chief. She's the godmother of Obamacare, and she represents the third term of a Barack Obama presidency."
As for Bachmann, she has stated that she will herself not be seeing reelection this year.
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