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Barbarians form a flash mob at Marcus Bachmann’s pray-the-gay-away clinic, dancing to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and “baptizing” a Marcus Bachmann look-alike with glitter. Need I say more?

Damn The Gays™ and their amazing choreography and their fabulous senses of humor! It’s just not fair if you’re a Bachmann, is it?

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The Bachmann incident demonstrates that as homosexuals gain more civil rights, heterosexuals are losing theirs. Because gays are a wealthy and politically powerful minority, they claim access to media attention, political power and corporate influence that middle America does not have.

I am an ex-gay, and I support Michele Bachmann and her husband | LifeSiteNews.com

WTF?

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Yeah… My first reaction:

My second reaction:

Your privileged whines about middle America having no influence do not amuse me.

My third reaction:

If you can’t handle gay people in the media talking about gaining civil rights, there’s a sure-fire way to shut them up: Allow them to exercise their civil rights like everyone else and treat them as human beings. Just sayin’.

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Who knew Marcus Bachmann had fashion sense?

Shopping help comes from another quarter, as well. Before Vice President Dick Cheney’s visit this past summer, Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, hit the stores - “he’s got a good sense of style” - and came home with “a sleek, simple hourglass dress with a yoke collar in winter white.” He even bought a matching coat and shoes. “I just slipped it on.”

Who knew Marcus Bachmann had fashion sense?

Shopping help comes from another quarter, as well. Before Vice President Dick Cheney’s visit this past summer, Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, hit the stores - “he’s got a good sense of style” - and came home with “a sleek, simple hourglass dress with a yoke collar in winter white.” He even bought a matching coat and shoes. “I just slipped it on.”

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Bachmann Tried To Pass State Law Protecting Ex-Gay Therapists

The media attention on the harmful ex-gay therapy performed in Dr. Marcus Bachmann’s Christian counseling clinic shines new light on a law his wife tried to pass when she was in the Minnesota state Senate in 2006. The “Minnesota Expanded Health Care Practices Act for Licensed Health Care Professionals” (SF 2984) sought to create a legal right to “expanded health care,” defined as any treatment or approach “not generally considered to be within the prevailing minimum standards of care of a profession or that are not standard practices of a profession in a particular community.” It also would have established legal protections for any practitioners who offered such expanded health care.

So I could have done brain surgery out of my garage if this law passed. Pretty sure it meets the criteria. In all seriousness, imagine the possibilities here… it makes me shudder.

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In His Own Words: How I Went Undercover at Bachmann's Clinic

COMMENTARY: Truth Wins Out activist John Becker took a hidden camera with him to five therapy sessions at a Christian counseling center run by Marcus Bachmann.
By John Becker, op-ed contributor

The organization I work for, Truth Wins Out (TWO), fights anti-LGBT religious extremism and the “ex-gay” myth. We’d been receiving questions about the Bachmann clinic and reparative therapy for months, and they only grew more intense after the June 13 GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire. Like everyone else, we were aware of the rumors and that no one had yet been able to independently verify them. TWO Executive Director Wayne Besen decided that we were going to obtain that verification: I was to go undercover to Bachmann & Associates in Lake Elmo, MN posing as someone seeking counseling for homosexuality, schedule as many appointments as I could, and document what went on during my appointments with hidden cameras.

When I called Bachmann & Associates to schedule my initial appointment, I told the receptionist who answered the phone that I was struggling with homosexuality. She referred me to Timothy Wiertzema, a counselor at the clinic, and scheduled me for a June 23 appointment.

I decided that the wisest course of action was to make my story fit as closely as possible to my own experience. Of course I’d have to embellish a bit and make a few things up, but it stood to reason that the closer the story I told was to the truth, the easier it would be for me to keep track of what I had said. After all, I was once a deeply-closeted teenage Catholic boy awakening to my own sexual orientation, terrified of what it might mean, too ashamed to tell anyone, and desperate to change it by any means necessary; although those memories are now far behind me, it was surprisingly easy to bring them back and put myself in a similar mental and emotional place. Still, I’d never done anything like this before. As the date of my departure grew nearer, my excitement and nervousness mounted. Could I pull it off? Would the cameras be well-hidden enough? Would they figure out what I was up to? What would we find? I packed my bags, made my social network profiles unsearchable, bid adieu to Michael, my husband of more than five years, and boarded a flight to Minneapolis to find out.

This story is incredible.

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Hidden Camera Finds Reparative Therapy at Bachmann’s Clinics
By Lucas Grindley
New evidence has surfaced that Marcus Bachmann’s Christian counseling clinics are actually in the business of reparative therapy for gay people - a claim that he had denied.
His wife Michele Bachmann, a top Republican candidate for president, had clearly endorsed reparative therapy over the years by giving the welcome blessing at a Love Won Out conference in 2004 and by endorsing a book written by a woman who claims to be a reformed lesbian. But Marcus Bachmann had been coy about whether his team of approximately 20 therapists offer their help in turning gay people straight.
After giving a presentation called “The Truth About the Homosexual Agenda” to a group of Minnesota pastors in 2005, Marcus Bachmann told a local newspaper that, “if someone is interested in talking to us about their homosexuality, we are open to talking about that. But if someone comes in a homosexual and they want to stay homosexual, I don’t have a problem with that.” And that’s all anyone’s known about what happens to gay people at his clinics until now.
Truth Wins Out was formed in part to combat the myth that gays can be converted to straight, and it sent a hidden camera into Marcus Bachmann’s office with a man posing as a patient. On the tape, counselor Timothy Wiertzema reportedly assures that “It’s possible to be totally free of [same-sex attraction]. For sure.” He claims, “It’s happened! It really has happened to people.”
The undercover activist - John Becker - attended five sessions at the clinic. The plan of action by his therapist: “I really am going to recommend that we start working on how you can develop your attraction towards women.”
With these tapes, it will be hard for Marcus Bachmann to avoid accusations he performs reparative therapy, which is considered dangerous by The American Psychological Association, The American Medical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The American Psychiatric Association. What might also complicate the situation for Marcus Bachmann is his company’s acceptance of state funding.

So, who’s not shocked? I’m waiting for Marcus Bachmann to be outed. Seriously.

Hidden Camera Finds Reparative Therapy at Bachmann’s Clinics

By Lucas Grindley

New evidence has surfaced that Marcus Bachmann’s Christian counseling clinics are actually in the business of reparative therapy for gay people - a claim that he had denied.

His wife Michele Bachmann, a top Republican candidate for president, had clearly endorsed reparative therapy over the years by giving the welcome blessing at a Love Won Out conference in 2004 and by endorsing a book written by a woman who claims to be a reformed lesbian. But Marcus Bachmann had been coy about whether his team of approximately 20 therapists offer their help in turning gay people straight.

After giving a presentation called “The Truth About the Homosexual Agenda” to a group of Minnesota pastors in 2005, Marcus Bachmann told a local newspaper that, “if someone is interested in talking to us about their homosexuality, we are open to talking about that. But if someone comes in a homosexual and they want to stay homosexual, I don’t have a problem with that.” And that’s all anyone’s known about what happens to gay people at his clinics until now.

Truth Wins Out was formed in part to combat the myth that gays can be converted to straight, and it sent a hidden camera into Marcus Bachmann’s office with a man posing as a patient. On the tape, counselor Timothy Wiertzema reportedly assures that “It’s possible to be totally free of [same-sex attraction]. For sure.” He claims, “It’s happened! It really has happened to people.”

The undercover activist - John Becker - attended five sessions at the clinic. The plan of action by his therapist: “I really am going to recommend that we start working on how you can develop your attraction towards women.”

With these tapes, it will be hard for Marcus Bachmann to avoid accusations he performs reparative therapy, which is considered dangerous by The American Psychological Association, The American Medical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The American Psychiatric Association. What might also complicate the situation for Marcus Bachmann is his company’s acceptance of state funding.

So, who’s not shocked? I’m waiting for Marcus Bachmann to be outed. Seriously.

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We have to understand: barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature. We have a responsibility as parents and as authority figures not to encourage such thoughts and feelings from moving into the action steps…And let’s face it: what is our culture, what is our public education system doing today? They are giving full, wide-open doors to children, not only giving encouragement to think it but to encourage action steps. That’s why when we understand what truly is the percentage of homosexuals in this country, it is small. But by these open doors, I can see and we are experiencing, that it is starting to increase.

Dr. Marcus Bachmann, Michele Bachmann’s husband, on GLBTQ people in America. He runs a Christian counseling center in Minnesota that offers conversion therapy. This is the man who would be “First Dude” should she win the presidency.

(Source: alternet.org)

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