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Michele Bachmann Meets Young LGBT Activist Elijah At Book Signing (VIDEO)

First Posted: 12/05/11 06:57 PM ET Updated: 12/08/11 04:02 PM ET

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Michele Bachmann was left speechless after an awkward encounter with a young activist named Elijah at a South Carolina book signing.

As seen in the below video, the Republican candidate and Tea Party darling greeted the soft-spoken 8-year-old and his mother at a meet-and-greet event for her new book, "Core of Conviction: My Story," which was released last month.

"My mommy -- Miss Bachmann, my mommy's gay but she doesn't need fixing," Elijah said to Bachmann, after some lighthearted coaxing. A dumbfounded Bachmann then shot the boy's mother an icy look before the pair walked away.

Bachmann -- who has been outspoken in her support of a federal ban on same-sex marriage -- is not the first GOP candidate to face the wrath of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists when appearing in public. This spring, Newt Gingrich was "glitterbombed" and told to "feel the rainbow" by a protester at his own book signing.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post stated that Bachmann met Elijah at a Chicago-area book signing. The GOP candidate's event was in fact in South Carolina.

View Bachmann's stance, as well as those of other GOP candidates, on same-sex marriage and LGBT rights below:

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After her husband Marcus' Christian counseling center came under scrutiny for allegedly promoting "reparative therapy," a form of counseling that seeks to make gay people renounce their sexuality, Bachmann's gay rights views have taken center stage. Described by The San Francisco Chronicle as "arguably the most socially conservative Republican running for president," Bachmann is a strong opponent of same-sex marriage. "If you're involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it's bondage," she is quoted by the Human Rights Campaign as saying. "It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement."

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