Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) dodged a question about reports that her family’s Christian counseling clinics practice “pray away the gay” reparative therapy during an appearance this afternoon at the National Press Club. “I’m extremely proud of my husband,” Bachmann said in response to a question from the Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson, but stressed that her business was “not running for the presidency of the United States”:
BACHMANN: I’m 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 is our foster children and I’m more than happy to stand for questions on running for the presidency of the United States.
Bachmann — who in 2004 said that an ex-gay group will “present the truth about homosexuality” — has repeatedly avoided answering questions about ex-gay therapy since an undercover investigation captured a counselor suggesting that homosexuality could be overcome through prayer and therapy. Bachmann’s campaign even black listed a local Iowa station for asking about the revelation.
Bachmann’s husband Marcus, meanwhile, has admitted that the clinic would perform reparative therapy upon request. Michele Bachmann insists that she is still “very proud of the business that we created.”