Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has
once again declined to discuss claims her husband, Marcus Bachmann,
seeks to “cure” gay people.
The controversy returned to the back
burner after Mr.
Bachmann denied allegations that the Christian counseling centers he
co-owns with his wife practices “reparative” therapy, a
discredited pseudo-science that supporters say offers hope for people
with unwanted same-sex attractions.
Michele Bachmann has previously dodged
the questions of several media outlets, including Mother Jones
and ABC News.
During a Thursday appearance at the
National Press Club, Bachmann refused to answer a question on the
topic from Chris Johnson, a reporter with gay weekly the Washington
“I am running for the presidency of
the United States. My husband is not running for the presidency,
neither are my children, neither is our business, neither [are] our
foster children and I'm more than happy to stand for questions on
running for the presidency of the United States,” Michele Bachmann
said as her husband nodded his head. (The video is embedded in the
right panel of this page.)
In reporting the story, Talking
Points Memo noted that Bachmann has repeatedly attacked First
Lady Michelle Obama, including in 2008 when she suggested that Mrs.
Obama was “anti-American.”