Marcus Bachmann, the husband of retiring Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a vocal opponent of gay rights, has defended therapies that attempt to alter a person's sexual orientation from gay to straight.

Marcus' clinic Counseling Care, previously known as Bachmann & Associates, was the subject of several undercover reports as his wife attempted to secure the 2012 GOP nomination for president.

(Related: Michele Bachmann's husband, Marcus, seeks to cure gay people, investigation shows.)

In an interview over the weekend with Jan Markell and Jill Martin Rische on Understanding the Times, Bachmann insisted that his clinic was attacked for trying to “speak truth.”

People “will ultimately choose what they are going to do with their life,” he insisted.

“Once the far-left understood that we were actually creating a safe place, a place where people who said I have this issue with same-sex attraction, this desire, [and] I'm a believer, I'm a person of faith and it's conflicting with my values systems. Anyone who would walk alongside and then encourage that person's values systems and their beliefs and bring that in alignment, that is like blasphemous to the other side. How dare you even consider being involved in someone who has decided or is desiring that to influence in any way shape or form another side of the book on this one?” Bachmann said.