ABC News, in a Monday story labeled as a big investigation, broadcast hidden camera video taken by a gay advocacy group inside the psychology clinic of Marcus Bachmann, the husband of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann who operates the family business.
The video shows a counselor in the clinic urging a young man to pray so that he will change his sexual orientation from gay to heterosexual. It’s a technique sometimes called “Pray Away the Gay.”
A former patient is also quoted in the story:
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.”
ABC said the story gives insight into the family business, which has clinics in Lake Elmo and Burnsville:
The disclosures have provided fresh insight into what Michele Bachmann has called her family business — the primary source of income for her family as she left her law practice to move into politics. The counseling center has factored into Bachmann’s campaign narrative, as well — evidence, she said, of her ability to understand what it takes to create jobs and run a small business.
“We’re very proud of our business and all job creators in the U.S.,” Michele Bachmann told a reporter when asked about the clinic Monday.
The story also says:
Marcus Bachmann describes a gentle approach to counseling on his website, saying he believes “my call is to minister to the needs of people in a practical, caring and sensitive way.” In a talk radio interview, however, he does not deny a tougher approach when it comes to dealing with behavior considered to be sinful.
“We have to understand, barbarians need to be educated,” he said during a 2010 appearance on the program Point of View.