Ever since Mirah Blake, a reporter with The Nation Magazine, released the story about reparative therapy at Bachmann and Associates, Michele Bachmann’s so-called titanium spine seems to have turned to rubber.
According to the July 8, 2011 article, John Becker, an activist with Truth Wins Out, a gay rights organization, went to Bachmann and Associates to seek counseling. Using two hidden cameras, Becker recorded five counseling sessions. In each, he was assured by his counselor that homosexuality could be overcome. His therapist referred to Becker’s past issues that could have influenced his homosexuality, gave him anti-gay scriptures to read, urged him to pray, suggested he develop his “masculinity,” and encouraged him to find a “heterosexual guy” to act as an AA-type sponsor.
This has not come as a surprise to some, considering Michele Bachmann was one of the two presidential candidates to sign The Marriage Vow, a controversial pledge distributed by an anti-gay organization, The Family Leader. In The Marriage Vow, candidates pledge marital fidelity, to respect the bonds of marriage, and fidelity to the U.S. Constitution. The pledge also includes vigorous opposition to any redefinition of the institution of marriage – faithful monogamy between one man and one woman.
Among other things, the candidate vows recognition of the over whelming statistical evidence that married people enjoy better health, better sex, longer lives, greater financial stability, and that children raised by a mother and father together experience better learning, less addiction, less legal trouble, and less extra marital pregnancy.
In a 2004 speech at EdWatch.com National Education Conference, Michele Bachmann called homosexuality a sex dysfunction. “This is not funny. It’s a very sad life. It’s a part of Satan, I think, to say that this is gay. It’s anything but gay.”
During the speech, Bachmann accuses supporters of LGBT rights of attempting the radical and personal transformationof our society, stating that it is dangerous. “It leads to the personal enslavement of individuals. If you’re involved in a gay and lesbian lifestyle, it is bondage. Its personal bondage, personal despair, personal enslavement, and that’s why this is so dangerous.”
Bachmann has not commented on her statements made at the 2004 conference. So far, the woman with the titanium spine has declined to comment on her business, her speech, and has completely blacklisted at least one network.
When questioned about the reparative therapy practices at Bachmann and Associates, Congresswoman Bachmann avoided the question and simply says, “I am running for the presidency of the United States of America. I’m focusing on jobs and the economy. That’s what people care about.”
Bachmann has refused future interviews with WQAD, the first news outlet to question her about the reparative therapy practices at Bachmann and Associates. In a July 11, 2011 interview, Rae Chelle Davis questioned Congresswoman Bachmann via satellite. During the interview, Davis asked two questions about the practices at the clinic. Bachmann dodged both questions and began attacking President Obama’s policies. Davis was mid-sentence when the satellite abruptly disconnected.
During a July 23rd fundraiser, in Davenport, Iowa, WQAD reporter Chuck McClurg was denied access to the Congresswoman. Though Bachmann was meeting one-on-one with local press, a member of her staff advised, due to the interview last week, WQAD would not have an interview.”