At a time when presidential hopeful and Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann appears to be toning down her anti-gay rhetoric, the views of her husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, are coming under fire.

In television appearances over the weekend, Michele Bachmann dodged questions about her views on homosexuality, not answering Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer's questions on whether she believes being gay is a choice and whether she would reject a Supreme Court nominee that supports marriage equality. Earlier, Michele Bachmann, who as a Minnesota state senator sponsored a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, said she was OK with New York's decision to legalize gay marriage.

But as Michele Bachmann becomes a serious contender for the GOP nomination, her husband of 30 years and his anti-gay views are coming under closer scrutiny.

Marcus Bachmann, who runs a government-subsidized Christian counseling clinic, is coming under fire for remarks he made last year during a radio call-in show.

“We have to understand: barbarians [gay people] need to be educated,” he said during an appearance on the Point of View radio talk show. “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.”

During an appearance on MSNBC, The Daily Beast contributor David Graham explained that “in Christian circles barbarians [are] people who are outside of the norms of behavior.”

“He's allegedly participated in gay-to-straight therapy, he's talked about homosexual agenda,” Graham told host Thomas Roberts. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Michele Bachmann has refused to comment on the controversy, according to ABC News.

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