In an investigation first aired tonight on ABC World News–and to be continued on Nightline–ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross talks to a former patient who sought help from a Christian counseling clinic owned by Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus. The patient tells ABC News he was advised prayer could help free him of homosexual urges and that he could become “re-oriented.”
“[One counselor’s] path for my therapy would be to read the Bible, pray to God that I would no longer be gay,” said Andrew Ramirez, who was 17-years-old at the time he sought help from Bachmann & Associates in suburban Minneapolis in 2004. “And God would forgive me if I were straight.”
The patient’s account conflicts with statements made by Marcus Bachmann, who ABC reports has disputed the clinic attempts to treat homosexuality. Claims to the contrary have been reported in The Nation and elsewhere, but ABC airs undercover video shot by a gay rights advocacy group last month, showing a counselor telling a patient that “with prayer and effort” he could learn to be attracted to women.
“We’re very proud of our business and all job creators in the U.S.,” Michele Bachmann told a reporter when asked about the clinic Monday.
Watch it here, from ABC News:
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org