Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has dismissed gay marriage as a “frivolous” issue.

The Congresswoman from Minnesota refused to answer how she feels about the issue during an interview with the Concord Monitor.

“I'm not involved in light, frivolous matters,” she said, cutting off the interview. “I'm not involved in fringe or side issues. I'm involved in serious issues.”

She insisted she is focused on the economy and repealing federal heath care reform.

It is another example of how Bachmann continues to try to have it both ways: Refusing to discuss social issues with mainstream reporters, but freely discussing her opposition to gay marriage with outlets biased toward her views.

For example, when asked by ABC News about the allegations that the Christian counseling centers run by Bachmann and her husband Marcus Bachmann practice so-called “pray away the gay” therapy, she insisted her campaign was about creating jobs.

But when asked last month her position on gay marriage by David Brody, chief political correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), she freely discussed the issue.

“In our form of government the states under the 10th Amendment have the right to pass legislation that they like. For instance, I tried to pass the constitutional amendment in Minnesota to define marriage as one man, one woman. Happily, the Minnesota Legislature did that just a few months ago. Now the voters in my home state will be able to vote on marriage in 2012 on the ballot.”

“As President of the United States, I will not appoint activist judges who legislate from the bench. I will appoint constitutionalist judges who revere and uphold our constitution.”

“I believe that this is such a fundamental issue to our nation. The strengthening of the family and the importance of marriage between a man and woman that I will stand for that as President of the United States.”

And on Tuesday, she'll join the anti-gay marriage group the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on a 4-day bus tour that ends at the Ames Straw Poll.