Michele and Marcus are in the spotlight for trying to “convert” gays.
A former patient who sought help from the Christian counseling clinic owned by GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, told ABC News he was advised that prayer could rid him of his homosexual urges and he could eventually be “re-oriented.”
“[One counselor's] path for my therapy would be to read the Bible, pray to God that I would no longer be gay,” said Andrew Ramirez, who was 17-years-old at the time he sought help from Bachmann & Associates in suburban Minneapolis in 2004. “And God would forgive me if I were straight.”
In the past, Marcus Bachmann has disputed the clinic has treated gay patients this way. But Ramirez’s account, which was first reported by The Nation, is similar to the counseling session that appears on new undercover video shot by a gay rights advocacy group last month. That footage shows another counselor at the Bachmann clinic telling a gay man posing as a patient that, with prayer and effort, he could eventually learn to be attracted to women and rid himself of his gay urges.
Funny how Michele built her career on gay-bashing. That’s acceptable in her homophobic bubble. But, in the real world, it’s viewed harshly. And, Think Progress reports that Michele told NBC News that she’s “very proud” of the clinic.
Clearly, we really need to see more scrutiny of Marcus, the potential first spouse. After all, right-wing Republicans set the standard for examining the lives of the spouses of candidates.