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WATCH: Bachmann Left Speechless After Encounter With 8-Year-Old Boy

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - 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.

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