Chris Barron, chairman of gay GOP group GOProud, thinks talk of Michele Bachmann's “ex-gay” links is “silly season.”

Bachmann ran for cover as allegations surfaced that the Christian counseling center run by her husband, Marcus Bachmann, practices “reparative” therapy, a discredited pseudo-science that supporters say offers hope for people with unwanted same-sex attractions. Mr. Bachmann has denied the claims.

The Minnesota representative stopped talking about gay rights soon after she officially declared her candidacy for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Michele Bachmann refused to talk about the allegations when asked by ABC News.

Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum are the GOP field's most vociferous opponents of gay rights.

Even so, GOProud says it is “committed to defeating Barack Obama in 2012” and has requested a meeting with Bachmann.

In an interview with gay glossy The Advocate, Barron suggested that Bachmann might not believe gay people can be “cured” through prayer.

“I have absolutely no idea. None whatsoever,” Barron answered when asked about Bachmann's position on “reparative” therapy. “I'll be totally honest with you, I think this whole conversation about reparative therapy is just silly season. I don't believe in reparative therapy. I don't think many serious people believe in reparative therapy.”

He went on to state gay rights groups such as the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) are simply exploiting the issue to raise funds, and he went on to chide HRC for going after Bachmann.

“If they are really worried about Michele Bachmann, the best thing they can do is shut up,” Barron said. “Because every time they go out and attack Michele Bachmann it makes her more popular among conservatives, not less popular.”