Bachmann's husband: Clinics are not anti-gay

July 15, 2011 - 9:44 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The husband of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says counselors at his family's Christian clinics are not focused on converting homosexuals to heterosexuality through prayer.

Marcus Bachmann told the Star Tribune in a report published Friday (http://bit.ly/nbCJQl ) that his Minnesota clinics "don't have an agenda or a philosophy of trying to change someone."

Bachmann's comments follow the release of a gay activist's undercover video that appears to show one of the clinics' counselors offering reparative therapy to help him become heterosexual. The video produced by gay advocacy group Truth Wins Out was first aired Monday by ABC News.

Marcus Bachman, whose business has collected government funding from Medicaid-backed programs, says counselors follow the wishes of patients and don't force any treatment.