MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (CBS Charlotte) — An 8-year-old South Carolina boy recently told Congresswoman Michele Bachmann during a South Carolina book signing that his mom is gay and doesn’t need to be fixed.
The video of the incident was originally posted on Sunday showing a young boy named Elijah with his mother walking up to the Republican presidential candidate during a Myrtle Beach book signing.
In the video, the shy boy, who appears uncomfortable and unsure, is coaxed by his mother to go up to Bachmann to deliver his statement about his mom being gay.
“Miss Bachmann, my mommy’s gay but she doesn’t need fixing,” he whispers to Bachmann in the video.
Shocked, Bachmann pulls away and glares at the mother, who immediately shuffles her son away before Bachmann can react. The stunned candidate smiled and waved goodbye as the boy scurried off.
Since Sunday, the video has close to 165,000 views.
The GOP hopeful has been a staunch supporter of traditional marriage, recently saying in an Iowa town hall meeting that gay people do have the right to get married, only if they marry someone of the opposite sex.
Marcus Bachmann, her husband, was accused over the summer for trying to turn gay people straight at his Christian counseling clinics in Minnesota. He denied the accusations.
Bachmann has been polling in the single digits in several polls.