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Truth Wins Out Infiltrates Marcus Bachmann's 'Ex-Gay' Clinic


The mainstream media has finally started reporting on both Michele Bachmann's homophobic policies and husband Marcus Bachmann's dubious clinic, Bachmann & Associates, a counseling service that uses public funds to "cure" people of their homosexuality.


And as people start paying attention to the Bachmanns' anti-gay ways, John M. Becker from Truth Wins Out, a group that counters the "ex-gay" movement, has published an in-depth article about his time undercover at Mr. Bachmann's clinic.

Will Becker's revelations doom Representative Bachmann's presidential campaign?

Read more, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posing as a man struggling with his homosexuality, Becker called Bachmann & Associates and was immediately referred to a counselor named Timothy Wiertzema. And, not surprisingly, their six counseling sessions together were predictably religious and repressive.

From Becker's report:

In the second session, Wiertzema also began what amounted to an extended fishing expedition to find a “cause” for my homosexuality, asking me if I had experienced any physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. In later sessions we would turn again and again to my first sexual experience at age 14. He also insinuated that “there’s maybe a feminine sort of tie” between my self-consciousness about my high speaking voice and my sexuality concerns and that I had somehow conditioned myself to respond sexually to male stimuli by masturbating to gay pornography.

After I mentioned a (fictitious) memory of discovering a hidden stash of male pornographic images in the bedroom of a friend’s older sibling, he said that this experience “obviously… had at least a little bit of a part” in the development of my homosexuality and asked, “What if you would have saw [sic] female pornography [instead]? Maybe you would be talking to me right now about your addiction to lust.”


Becker's article goes on to highlight how Wiertzema zeroed in on his masculinity and claimed that God wanted men to find women attractive:

Despite the fact that I never once mentioned having insecurities surrounding my own masculinity, Wiertzema took it upon himself to reassure me in our fifth session that “…because you have feelings of homosexuality, [it] doesn’t mean you don’t have masculinity. I’m just gonna go ahead and say that.” I was encouraged to further develop my own sense of masculinity and my personal definition of what it meant to be a man.

When I mentioned that I can objectively acknowledge a woman’s beauty without having any sexual feelings toward her whatsoever, I was told that whenever I saw an attractive woman I just needed to reinforce in my mind that she was, indeed, attractive, and that God made her this way and made me to notice her. After all, “God designed our eyes to be attracted to the woman’s body, to be attracted to everything, to be attracted to her breasts.”

Taken together, Becker's time at Bachmann & Associates led him not back to the closet, as Wiertzema would have hoped, but to a damning conclusion:

There can no longer be any doubt that Marcus Bachmann’s state- and federally-funded clinic endorses and practices reparative therapy aimed at changing a gay person’s sexual orientation, despite the fact that such “therapy” is widely discredited by the scientific and medical communities.

It’s time for Michele and Marcus Bachmann to stop denying, dodging, and stonewalling. They owe it to all Americans to provide a full and honest explanation for their embrace of these dangerous and fraudulent practices.

Becker's report will surely put more media pressure on Michele and Marcus Bachmann, but it could also pose two serious problems for Mrs. Bachmann among the Republican voters she hopes to court.

One, it reminds right-wing voters that the husband of a candidate who opposes "big government" spending is receiving state and federal dollars for his business. And, two, it reiterates to more moderate Republicans that Mrs. Bachmann endorses a morally dubious practice that seeks an homogenous America, a concept that runs counter to what this nation represents. They can't seriously support such a candidate, can they?

As for Democrats, Becker's article presents them with the opportunity to come out against Bachmann & Associates and other "ex-gay" clinics, but I'm not holding my breath for that one.

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  1. my god - look at his wave in that photo!

    Hello girls!!

    Posted by: Danny | Jul 9, 2011 3:56:25 PM

  2. "Will Becker's revelations doom Representative Bachmann's presidential campaign?"

    It was already doomed before Marcus pranced into the picture. I suppose this could doom it further. In the unlikely event she gains traction in the primaries, the Republican powers-that-be will sabotage her campaign, because there is no way in hell they will let her be the nominee, much as I would love her to be. Sadly, we'll have someone far less unpredictably crazy to vote against.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 9, 2011 3:58:36 PM

  3. @ Bart's discussion about the Bachmann marriage: I've noted the same things and have compared them to the Anita Bryant/Bob Green (Mr Anita Bryant) marriage. She was a very, very angry women (how I remember her angry, screwed up facial expressions when she discussed homosexuality on the Phil Donahue program in the '70s!) who was married to a man who clearly wasn't giving her what she wanted/needed at home. Same kind of fraud in the Bachmann household. A lot of grist for the clinical mill.

    Posted by: Danny | Jul 9, 2011 4:02:40 PM

  4. How does his org. qualify for federal funding? I don't get it.

    Posted by: kodiak | Jul 9, 2011 4:22:43 PM

  5. Obama managed to disappoint way too many segments of the voting population with his ineffective style.

    He won't get a second term.

    Whoever gets the Republican nomination will be the next president.

    Posted by: galore | Jul 9, 2011 6:19:48 PM

  6. If Michelle Bachmann had a red beard I would think this was a photo for an upcoming episode of Modern Family!

    Posted by: Lez | Jul 9, 2011 6:35:02 PM

  7. "Whoever gets the Republican nomination will be the next president."

    GOProud is in the house!

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 9, 2011 8:33:14 PM

  8. Let's just say this is probably too much "background" for her to gain the VP slot. Romney's not going to want anything to take the spotlight off of him.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 9, 2011 8:42:48 PM

  9. @JJ: "I'd love, love, love to see a gay man in the White House!"

    What about James Buchanan?


    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jul 9, 2011 9:20:36 PM

  10. Has anyone heard Marcus Bachman speak ?

    That guy is as guy is as gay as pink ink.

    Give me a break !

    Posted by: EJ | Jul 10, 2011 7:18:42 AM

  11. Right on, Joe....This is clearly an attention-getting issue. In her heart, she knows her sorry a** doesn't stand a chance on the greater stage of politics. She simply is clueless and like Palin, she really doesn't want to "rule" she wants to rake in the big bucks with books, be a Fox news "talking head"...the "big bucks" are out there, missy!(and she knows it) As for Miss Markilena Bachmann, he's having a grand ol'time struttin' and prancin'...and boy, doesn't he look like he has the beauty pageant wave and smile down pat?...It is so clear that he is a person who loves the lights and glamour...swingin' on Missy's skirt all the way to the bank..No mistake, she will fade away come the real GOP nom process. She will be a gnat on the radar. she's okay with that, I believe...her real goal is get a "real" job that pays "real" bucks...and I guess WE will continue as taxpayers to fund Markilena's "therapy" vocation and her family's idle farm will still get the hefty Government subsidy compliments of...guess who? Us, again.
    Leave. Shoo. Go Away....trolls...

    Posted by: thom | Jul 10, 2011 9:18:07 AM

  12. I see the nice pro Ronald reagan t-shirts you idiots are peddling at the bottom of this screen! Yup, sends a real nice message. How about Towleroad just runs an ad for loony Bachmann for president!!

    Posted by: evolutionisfact | Jul 10, 2011 9:21:28 AM

  13. Save me, I'm Queer!! The government will pay you lots of money for my treatment! You are such a good Christian.

    Posted by: Jon John | Jul 10, 2011 10:17:50 AM

  14. "...Marcus Bachmann’s state- and federally-funded clinic…"

    Tax-payer dollars are funding this BS!?! This is a Fruck'N outrage if it's true!

    Posted by: MoJo | Jul 10, 2011 8:48:28 PM

  15. Virtually everyone (including those providing the treatment) knows this is quack therapy - those involved are only in it for the money. Which brings to light an issue that that should resinate with the tea baggers (who don't give a damn about gay therapy). The fact that Marcus Bachmann willingly and greedily grabbing federal money for his practice. Baggers don't care much about anything beyond smaller government and "their" taxpayer dollars - to think that the husband of their false idol is grabbing taxpayer money should infuriate them.

    Posted by: Tyron | Jul 11, 2011 3:25:15 PM

  16. When will the Bachman's of the world wake up and go after those of the so-called "Hetero" society for their own misgivings such as pornography, sleeping with other married men/women outside the marriage bed, the numerous pastors of Protestant churches who are pedophiles? Why? Because they hold the strong arm of the political mavins in the local, county and national governments and cover each for the other... Their churches don'e talk about the errors and horrors of their own sexual bubbles which is agianst God, but attempt to use "Homosexuality" which was never, ever really mentioned in the bible until man's political agenda decided to put it in... The word for Sodomy was replaced with Homosexuality... believe it or not!

    Posted by: Joseph (Stanford) Thaddeus | Jul 17, 2011 8:14:56 AM

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