From Talking Points Memo:
Two gay former patients of Marcus Bachmann’s Lake Elmo, MN counseling center are talking to the press about the so-called homosexual “reparative therapy” Bachmann offers at his clinic. Bachmann — husband of surging presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) — has long denied he peddles the universally-rejected theory that prayer and Bible study can turn a gay person straight. But now there’s video that shows reparative therapy was on offer at the clinic just weeks ago.
Reports from the pair were first published in The Nation and on ABC News Monday.
Andrew Ramirez, who was sent to Bachmann’s clinic while a senior in high school after he came out to his parents in 2004, told The Nation that a counselor at Bachmann’s clinic “set about trying to ‘cure’ him” by reading the Bible. “particularly verses that cast homosexuality as an abomination.”
John Becker, a gay LGBT rights activist who lives Vermont, traveled to Bachmann’s clinic in June carrying a hidden camera and posing as a patient looking for a “cure” to his sexual orientation. On the website for the organization he works for, Truth Wins Out, Becker detailed his sessions with clinic counselor Timothy Wiertzema, who suggested Becker find a “heterosexual accountability buddy” to help fight urges and reminded Backer that “in terms of how God created us, we’re all heterosexual.”