During a Monday stop in early caucus state Iowa, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann explained that God had told her to sponsor an amendment to the Minnesota Constitution outlawing gay marriage.

At the event, sponsored by Bob Vander Plaats' Christian conservative group The Family Leader, Bachmann, who has yet to declare her candidacy for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, reminded attendees at the group's most recent presidential lecture series installment that she opposes gay marriage.

The Republican as a state senator twice spearheaded unsuccessful efforts in Minnesota to constitutionally ban gay marriage.

Bachmann said she was “devastated” by the 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Court decision that legalized the institution in that state.

“When that happened, I heard the news on my local Christian radio station in Minneapolis-St. Paul and I was devastated,” she said. “And I took a walk and I just went to prayer and I said, 'Lord, what would you have me do in the Minnesota state Senate?' And just through prayer I knew that I was to introduce the marriage amendment in Minnesota.”

Last month, Bachmann thanked Iowa voters for ousting three state Supreme Court justices who favored gay marriage.