Marcus Bachmann Denied Service in Indiana, Store Owner Assumed He Was Gay

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

INDIANAPOLIS – Marcus Bachmann, husband of former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, unwittingly became the first public face of Indiana’s newly-enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act, after being refused service at a dress boutique because the store owner assumed he was gay.

The Bachmanns were visiting the state capitol on Thursday to lend their support to embattled Gov. Mike Pence when the incident occurred. Dorothy Holtz, owner of Dotty’s Dress Den described what happened.

“I didn’t think anything was out of the ordinary at first,” said the 59-year old self-described “devout Christian citizen,” although I don’t usually have men come in by themselves. He was very polite but the more he spoke, the more I thought he was different.”

Holtz began to suspect that Bachmann was “perhaps a homosexual man”, and because it is now within her rights to refuse service based on religious beliefs, informed Bachmann she would be unable to serve him, and asked him to leave.

“I was aghast!” said Bachmann. I’ve been shopping for Michele for years! I had no idea why the woman in the store turned on me like that. I thought perhaps she had suddenly become ill.”

For many years, Marcus has been choosing Michele’s outfits without incident. In a Chicago Tribune article from 2006, Michele recalled an upcoming meeting with then Vice President Dick Cheney. Marcus decided to outfit Michele in a more feminine style than the Congresswoman usually chose for herself:

Before Vice President Dick Cheney’s visit, Marcus hit the stores – “he’s got a good sense of style” – and came home with “a sleek, simple hourglass dress with a yoke collar in winter white.” He even bought a matching coat and shoes. “I just slipped it on,” said Michele.

Marcus reacted with shock when he realized he had fallen victim to the very measure he had come to Indiana to support. “I was gobsmacked! I never realized a law meant to protect individuals’ religious freedoms would be twisted in such a way as to discriminate! Clearly, people are mis-applying this well-intentioned law.”

Shop owner Holtz said she was well within her rights and does not discriminate. “He was getting very persnickety and didn’t seem to like anything we had to offer. He said ‘my wife wouldn’t like this one bit’ and ‘my wife wouldn’t look good in that’ so many times I began to wonder if he had a wife at all! He had on a wedding ring but anybody can buy a gold band. He said my eyeshadow was too heavy. I decided whatever his lifestyle, I didn’t want to support it, so I asked him to leave which he did.”

Gay rumors have dogged Bachmann for years, exacerbated by charges that his Christian therapy clinic administered gay conversion therapy as a matter of course, rumors the Bachmanns have fiercely denied. “Marcus is the most rugged individual I’ve ever met,” said the former Congresswoman. “There’s never been a gay bone in his body,” she added.

Holtz will reportedly continue to exercise her religious freedoms throughout her dress shop.

RELATED:  Marcus Bachmann Did Not Practice at Oral; Michele Preferred Oral Over Marcus


What Next?

Related Articles

18 Responses to "Marcus Bachmann Denied Service in Indiana, Store Owner Assumed He Was Gay"

  1. Steve H says:

    Best quote on the internet today! “There’s never been a gay bone in his body,” she added.


  2. I guess their homophobia came back to bite ’em in the ass, eh?

  3. Charlie says:

    Thought he was gay? This a case of someone making a correct identification for the wrong reasons. What is really sad is the Bachmanns will not learn the obvious lesson about hate and bigotry that this incident should teach them.

  4. Misty says:

    “Marcus is the most rugged individual I’ve ever met,” LMFAOROTF!!!

  5. Steve Mushynsky says:

    Bachman should always be referenced as “the disgraced former Congressperson” as she left Congress because she was facing an Ethics committee investigation had she stayed.

  6. Nan says:

    Nothing to do but laugh!

  7. Cheryl says:

    Bachmann’s quote ” “I was gobsmacked! I never realized a law meant to protect individuals’ religious freedoms would be twisted in such a way as to discriminate! Clearly, people are mis-applying this well-intentioned law.” –

    This guy has to be really stupid. He and Michele are two peas in a pod in the area of “lack of intelligence.” All these “laws” they are dreaming up are INTENDED to discriminate against a certain group of people. This isn’t about religious freedom. This is about radicals making laws to make other people OUTCASTS in America. It is intended to DISCRIMINATE against others. And he got exactly what he had coming to him, in my opinion.

    These people are twisting the Constitution to suit their own hateful, radical agenda. The Constitution guarantees “freedom OF religion and freedom FROM religion.” It should protect those who choose NOT to have a religious belief. People should also be protected AGAINST discrimination …. which the Bachmann’s believe is THEIR CHOICE as to who is discriminated against and who isn’t. THEY are persecuting people and want you to think it’s a “religious belief.” THEY ARE CONTROL FREAKS, is what they are.

  8. Jennifer Fleming says:

    And it’s just going to get uglier. Allowing discrimination because of religious beliefs, allows people to deny others the same rights, that our country stands for, that they themselves enjoy. And it allows it just when the person discriminating just THINKS the other person is this or that.

    What about OUR religious freedom? What if the rest of us refuse to service YOU because we think you are an intolerant “Christian?” That is now our right, too! I use the word “Christian” in quotes because Jesus ALWAYS sided with those who were marginalized, discriminated against by the rest of society. Isn’t doing the exact opposite of what Christ would do really the embodiment of the anti-Christ? I believe so and will not serve the anti-Christ!

  9. Paul M Smith says:

    I was glad that this happened to the Bachmanns. Discrimination should never occur to anyone outside of inappropriate conduct, but in this case, it showed exactly the irony and absurdity of trying to legislate Mother nature’s great diversity. The next headline will be “GOVERNOR OF NC WIFE MET BY A BURLY BEARDED MAN AS SHE ENTERS LADIES ROOM”. The trans man will be legally there and he will be following the law. The twisted webs we weave.

  10. Char says:

    As funny as this is, Snopes.com says it absolutely isn’t true. Oh, well.

  11. Bobo says:

    Is he still gay 2 years later?

Leave a Reply

Submit Comment