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‘Pray away the gay’ clinic run by Michele Bachmann’s husband hit with violations

A Christian counseling clinic run by the husband of former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) was cited by Minnesota health inspectors for failing to properly keep patient records, according to a Friday report by NBC News…

A Christian counseling clinic run by the husband of former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) was cited by Minnesota health inspectors for failing to properly keep patient records, according to a Friday report by NBC News.

While the clinic by her husband, Marcus Bachman, was notorious for offering gay conversion therapy, the anti-gay Counseling Care clinic at Lake Elmo in Minnesota was written up for excluding  “developmental condition” and other legally-required information from patient records.

Marcus Bachmann has since responded to these citations by telling NBC News in a telephone interview that, while, the clinic is guilty of making “minor clerical errors,” it is “taking the necessary steps to correct them.” “We were told that compared with other facilities reviewed we did very well.”

In the same interview with NBC, Marcus maintained that Counseling Care has never practiced gay conversion therapy. Throughout Michele’s failed 2012 presidential campaign, which was mired in controversy due to widespread speculation into her husband’s views on homosexuality and the work of his clinic, the couple maintained that Marcus’ clinic had never practiced conversion therapy, and did not believe homosexuality could be cured.

But numerous reports, such as one 2006 article detailing the points of a presentation given by Marcus at a conservative convention, reveal his deep hostility to “the homosexual agenda,” and his belief that homosexuality is a choice and a threat to society.

And as per Marcus’ claims that his clinic does not offer reparative therapy to gay people, one under-cover journalist was told by a Counseling Care therapist in 2011 that “it’s possible to be totally free of them [same-sex attractions].” The same therapist additionally told him, “it’s happened to a number of people. I don’t know how many, but…that’s for sure.”

Counseling Care primarily provides family and grief therapy, along with therapy for other services including anger management and, predictably enough, “pornography addiction.”

Featured image via Gage Skidmore

 

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