“My mommy is gay but she doesn’t need any fixing.”
This is the message eight year-old Elijah delivered to presidential candidate Michele Bachmann at a book signing event in South Carolina recently. The video, posted on YouTube on Sunday, has garnered a lot of attention.
Watch it below (Elijah is soft spoken so captions may be necessary, and you can click here to watch the larger video on YouTube itself):
Elijah’s mother writes in the YouTube video description “We were there for an Occupy Myrtle Beach event to mic check Michele Bachmann on another issue. The lgbt issue came up separately.”
The LGBT issue, briefly, is that Michele Bachmann has staunchly opposed gay rights and in particular same-sex marriage. She has argued that marriage equality is a fallacy and that the gay community wants “special” rights. Her husband, Marcus Bachmann, also runs a clinic that allegedly offers what is more commonly known as gay cure therapy, something Michele Bachmann appeared to advocate prior to her presidential candidacy.
Elijah’s mother has, however, received quite strident criticism over this video, with previous comments on YouTube, the comments feature now being disabled, saying that while the message may be for a good cause she appears to have pushed her child into this “activism”.
However an individual called Jennifer who claims to be Elijah’s mother’s close friend and also the person who recorded this video, commented over at Chicago Now that it was Elijah who wanted to deliver this message to Michele Bachmann but that he then got cold feet and so required a gentle nudge.
While offering that “sexuality is only political because ignorant people have made it so” and that this “political stance,” that is to say having two moms, is in fact Elijah’s reality and not some abstract social argument, Jennifer writes:
“I was standing in line with Elijah and his mom. His mom was going to say something to her, but she got nervous and told me she wanted to leave. We were about to step out of the line but Elijah cried out, “Nooo!” He grabbed onto her coat and pulled her back in the line, saying he wanted to talk to her.
When we got up to Michele, he got a little stage fright. His mom just didn’t want him to not say it because he was afraid, because she knew he would regret it if he didn’t. I used to do ballet as a child, and before performances, I’d want to no do it– my mom pushed me to perform. Afterwards, I’d run to her and tell her how happy I was. How is this any different? If we were shown a video of a child before a school play, or a recital, being pushed to perform and not give into stage fright, would we get the same reaction? My gut says no.”
Other sources say that Elijah has watched the video back a number of times and that he “approves” of it.
At the time of writing, Michele Bachmann’s office has not yet commented on the incident.
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