ABC News has picked up an undercover video from LGBT-activist Wayen Besen’s TruthWinsOut of a counselor recommending prayer to “treat” homosexuality last month at the counseling practice of Michele Bachmann’s husband Marcus Bachmann.
The Bachmanns have denied patients have been counseled in such ways, but the video and the growing chorus of former patients coming out claiming to have been “treated” in this manner for their homosexuality by the Bachmann clinic.
In response, the Human Rights Campaign—which has already endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012—has launched a petition demanding GOP Presidential candidates sign a pledge disavowing dangerous “ex-gay” therapy, which major American mental-health groups from the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association and more have denounced as extremely harmful to patients.
Marcus Bachmann has denied that this Bachmann & Associates Counseling Centers has encouraged gay patients to seek to become straight, and Michele Bachmann recently told a reporter who asked about the business, “we’re very proud of our business and all job creators in the U.S.” However, as evidence mounts, the GOP 2012 hopeful is coming under increasing scrutiny for her connection to these “ex-gay” tactics.
Bachmann last week signed a pledge in Iowa, at the request of notable anti-LGBT campaigner Bob Vander Plaats, promising to support an anti-gay marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and to fight abortion, laws allowing speedy divorce, and even to fight pornography. Vander Plaats has run unsuccessfully for Iowa governor on several occasions, and the organization he helms, FAMiLY LEADER [capitalization his] is a major anti-gay force in the state, having successfully pushed last year for the recall of several state supreme court justices who were part of the panel that unanimously approved same-sex marriage for the midwest state several years ago.