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Vicky Hartzler's Gay Marriage Stance Questioned By Student (VIDEO)

07/01/2011 02:53 pm ET | Updated Aug 31, 2011

A Republican congresswoman was put on the defensive this week by a gay student who questioned her controversial views on marriage equality.

While speaking to a conservative group in Washington, D.C., at the beginning of June, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) likened allowing gay marriage to legalizing polygamy, incest and letting a 3-year-old get a driver's license.

"The government has to set some parameters,” Hartzler said.

At a public forum in Missouri on Wednesday, a Missouri med student asked Hartzler to explain her views.

"We’re not the ones changing the policy, OK, so you shouldn’t feel bad at all,” Hartzler told the student.

“Why shouldn’t I feel bad if there’s an amendment, if you champion an amendment prohibiting me from [getting married?]” the student responded.

The confrontation comes on the heels of New York state's decision to legalize gay marriage.

In 2004, Hartzler was a driver behind the amendment to Missouri’s constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

She was also against the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell and has been critical of President Barack Obama's decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

WATCH Hartzler's initial comments below, followed by her confrontation with the student.

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