Bil Browning

Bachmann Backs Down on Ex-Gay Therapy Bill

Filed By Bil Browning | December 16, 2011 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: ex-gay ministries, John Becker, Marcus Bachmann, Michele Bachmann, pray the gay away, Truth Wins Out

After Marcus Bachmann's "therapy" clinic was exposed as offering ex-gay therapy, the presidential candidate's husband was furious. Months later, Truth Wins Out staffer John Becker, who went undercover at the clinic, got a bill for MarcusandMicheleBachmann.jpg"missed appointments" from the charlatan and Bachmann even called Becker to demand payment. Now the huckster has backed down.

[A] voice message, left by a Bachmann & Associates' billing representative, informed TWO Communication's Director, John Becker, that "[his] account is at a zero balance" and that the charges were written off "per Marcus Bachmann."

"The last thing we expected was for Marcus Bachmann to behave rationally and abandon his specious and spiteful claim that we owed him money," said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen. "It is a shame that he wasn't foolish enough to allow a $150 billing dispute to turn into free publicity that highlighted the harm caused by 'ex-gay' programs."
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The clinic, which Bachmann co-owns with his wife Michele, was exposed last summer for practicing a form of discredited "pray away the gay" therapy by a TWO hidden-camera investigation - a charge both Bachmanns had previously denied. The revelation badly disrupted Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign at a time when she was surging in the polls.


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