Michele Bachmann has said this week that the people of Iowa did not want the rules which allow gay couples equal marriage rights in the state.

Bachmann, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, implied the judicial decision that a ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional was not in line with the “intent” of the US Constitution.

She added that judges needed to stop telling people “what their laws are”.

In an interview on FOX News she said the state’s Supreme Court ruling, which found that denying equal marriage rights to gay couples fell foul of the Equal Protection Clause in the state constitution, was not the will of the people.

The interviewer asked: “Same sex marriage is legal in Iowa, so does that mean it’s all right?”

She said: “No, I don’t believe that it is. Marriage, historically, for all human history has been between a man and a woman. It hasn’t been the same-sex marriage.

“And remember that in Iowa, it was judges that made the decision, not the legislature, which are the people’s representatives, and certainly, not the people.

“That’s why the people of Iowa threw out three of those Supreme Court judges. That’s something that should give pause to all judges.

“The people of Iowa are sick and tired of the judges tell them what their laws are. They are not a super legislator. They are judges. And they need to act like judges.

“As president of the United States, I will only appoint judges that will apply the strict construction or the original intent of the Constitution of the United States.”

She was grilled on the subject of gay marriage last week by a 16-year-old student in Iowa. Jane Schmidt’s calm line of reasoning made her an internet hit.