Bachmann: Clinic's Purpose Isn't to Change Gays

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The husband of GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says his counseling clinic doesn't focus on ridding people of homosexual desires as people have claimed.

A gay rights activist and other men recently accused Marcus Bachmann and workers at his Bachmann & Associates clinic of trying to "cure" them of homosexuality.

Marcus Bachmann told the Star Tribune that his clinic doesn't try to change or force treatment on anyone.

"We don't have an agenda or a philosophy of trying to change someone,'' he said.

His comments follow the release of a gay activist's undercover video that shows one of the clinic's counselors offering "reparative therapy," a process aimed to help a gay person become heterosexual.

A hidden microphone recorded the counselor saying, "God designed our eyes to be attracted to the woman's body."

Marcus Bachmann responded to the undercover video, saying counselors follow the wishes of patients and were doing that in this situation.

"This individual came to us under a false pretense,'' Bachmann said. "The truth of the matter is he specifically asked for help.''

Bachmann didn't deny that he or other counselors have attempted to convert gay patients. But he told the Star Tribune it's not a special interest of the business and would only be attempted at the client's request.

"Will I address it? Certainly we'll talk about it," Bachmann said. "Is it a remedy form that I typically would use? ... It is at the client's discretion."

*Originally aired on July 15, 2011.

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