The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has
launched a petition calling on Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and
all GOP president candidates to denounce “reparative” therapy.
So-called “pray away the gay”
therapy has been discredited as harmful, ineffective and unnecessary
by leading mental health experts.
Evidence that the Bachmann &
Associates family clinic run by Michele Bachmann's husband, Marcus,
“ex-gay” therapy surfaced last week from the gay advocacy group
Truth Wins Out, which sent its communications and development
director, John Becker, an openly gay man, undercover to investigate
the allegations that the Christian counseling center attempts to turn
gay people straight.
petition at the HRC website CallItOut.org calls on GOP candidates
to reject such counseling.
“I urge you to take a public stand
against 'ex-gay' therapy and the insidious anti-gay ideology behind
it,” the petition reads. “Join me in sending a message to all
Americans that this dangerous practice harms those who undergo it and
contributes to dangerous homophobia.”
Bachmann refused to discuss the
“ex-gay” allegations during an ABC News interview on Monday.
“I'm running for the presidency of
the United States and I'm here today to talk about job creation and
also the fact that we do have a business that deals with job
creation. We're very proud of the business we've created,”