Leading Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, hold some of the most extreme and disturbing anti-LGBT views of any candidate and spouse.
Dr. Marcus Bachmann once said gay people were "barbarians" who "needed to be disciplined." But the Bachmanns' homophobia goes well beyond words alone: They've both publicly supported the dangerous theory of "ex-gay," which says homosexuality can be cured or even prayed away.
Congresswoman Bachmann openly supported the ex-gay theory at a 2004 Conference, referring then to the "deep emotional wounds" that being gay causes and the "message of healing that is possible." Marcus Bachmann's clinic also reportedly offers ex-gay therapy, which the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association have both strongly repudiated.
Join us in calling on all of the Republican presidential candidates to speak out against the Bachmanns' dangerous, homophobic activities and stand against “ex-gay” therapy.
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Leading medical associations like the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association have called reparative or conversion “therapy” for gay Americans dangerous, warning that it may lead to serious consequences and distorts what it means to live as an LGBT individual.
Despite these strong rebukes from the medical field's top professionals, Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus have continued to advance the "ex-gay" theory. Marcus Bachmann – who practices unlicensed in Minnesota and whose clinic has received more than $100,000 in Medicaid funding – reportedly offers reparative therapy.
I urge you to take a public stand against "ex-gay" therapy and the insidious anti-gay ideology behind it. Join me in sending a message to all Americans that this dangerous practice harms those who undergo it and contributes to homophobia.
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