GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (Getty Images)

The American Prospect's Adam Serwer says that GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's willingness to use state sovereignty to deny rights based on her personal religious views on homosexuality should cause more alarm than her judgment of gays and lesbians.

I should add that "judgment" here is beside the point. It's a free country. You can have whatever opinions about people you want. What's at issue here for most gays and lesbians is that Bachmann doesn't just judge them, she's a zealous advocate for laws and policies that treat gays and lesbians as victims of a psychological disorder who aren't deserving of the same individual rights as everyone else. That's the issue. If Bachmann let go of her support of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, her opposition to gay and lesbian service members serving openly and her opposition to anti-discrimination legislation I suspect not too many people would care whether she personally "judged" individuals based on their sexual orientation or not. The issue is her willingness to use the coercive power of the state to deny other people rights based on her personal religious views on homosexuality.

Read Adam Serwer's entire post at the American Prospect.