Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann on Friday thanked proponents of banning gay marriage.

Bachmann, who is often cited as eyeing a bid for the GOP nomination for president, made her remarks in a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington.

The 55-year-old House Tea Party caucus chairman recounted her previous efforts as a Minnesota state senator to approve an amendment that would define marriage as a heterosexual union in the Minnesota Constitution and praised current lawmakers who have sent such a question for voters to approve in 2012. (Related: Bachmann says that God told her to sponsor the amendment.)

“Minnesota is the first state that has decided that this issue will be on the ballot in 2012, the state of New Hampshire will be taking this issue up as well, and other states. This is the time. And so I want to encourage all of you at home, if you don’t have a similar amendment, consider this in your home states. I believe this is the time to do it. So I just want to say thank you to those who continue to carry that torch.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Lawmakers in North Carolina are expected to debate a similar amendment during a special session in September.