Marcus Bachmann defends controversial clinic
July 15th, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Marcus Bachmann defends controversial clinic

(CNN) – Marcus Bachmann, the husband of Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, defended his Christian counseling business over accusations it uses a controversial therapy that encourages homosexual patients to change their sexual orientation.

In an interview with the Minnesota Star Tribune published Friday, Bachmann did not deny that he or other counselors at his clinic used the technique, but said they only did so at the request of a patient.

"Will I address it? Certainly we'll talk about," Bachmann said. "Is it a remedy form that I typically would use? … It is at the client's discretion."

The American Psychological Association has said there is "insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation."

FULL STORY on the CNN Political Ticker

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Paul F E Hampton NY

    I guess it's better that wackos like these people come out into the open. At least now we know who some of them are...

    July 16, 2011 at 12:05 am |
  2. Pat O

    Who are "the barbarians" that Mr Bachmann mentions? Are they the gays and lesbians who don't want to be "normal"?
    What a crock!

    July 15, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  3. Deidre Tate

    If you don’t understand the basic concepts of Christianity then you can’t comprehend what the clinic is trying to do… “all things are possible for those who love the Lord”! If you believe that God created the universe then He certainly could perform a miracle within someone’s life; whatever the issue!

    July 15, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  4. Mark

    I'm still lost on why people can't just leave gays alone. If you're not gay, there's no way you can understand what its like, or what it means, and its not your life's path. And the defense of marriage act (no I did not capitalize) is a JOKE! Its funny that the people who are so against gays and gay marriage don't talk about how many gays come from good homes where both parents are married and they have loving, supporting siblings and other family members. They act like gay people just "sprung" up and it must be fixed! Time to leave people alone and focus on what's important to EVERY HUMAN BEING on the planet, food, clean water and homes to raise their family.

    July 15, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
  5. Beverly Sahin

    I have no problem with people being gay; some of the nicest people I know are gay. I also am aware that you can't tell a person is gay just by looking at him/her. Having said that, when I see Marcus Bachman's sickening, sweet, "Christian" smile, every ounce of my intuition screams, "This is the gayest guy who ever lived. He obviously is ashamed of it, tries to fight it, does lots of prayer and Bible reading and refraining from acting on his inclinations. It seems to work for him, and he wants to "help" other people with the same problem." Even his wife doesn't suspect. As I said, just my intuition.

    July 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  6. Rich

    Anderson. Why dont reporters corner michelle bachman on all her contridictions and lies? Instead when they very rarely ask her aquestion they just leet her change the subject and not answer the question. Why wont mainstream media make them answer the real questions about her past and all the lies and half truths she speaks on a daily basis

    July 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm |