Did Bachmann Try to Pass a Law Protecting Ex-Gay Therapy?


Michele Bachmann has rather clammed up following an investigation appearing to show husband Marcus Bachmann’s Christian counseling clinic advocating for ex-gay therapy. However, while Bachmann is refusing to answer questions on the issue, others are digging deeper to see if her past actions do any talking for her, and a piece of legislation she sponsored as a Minnesota senator seems to yell quite loudly.

The 2006 legislation called SF 2984 or the Minnesota Expanded Health Care Practices Act was designed to create a right to what the bill terms “expanded health care,” that is to say treatment that is “not generally considered to be within the prevailing minimum standards of care of a profession or that are not standard practices of a profession in a particular community.”

Alarm bells are already ringing as this clearly lends itself to ex-gay therapy referrals. However, things get even more interesting further down the text where we find this little gem:

Subd. 7. Complaints; investigations. A practitioner’s license or registration shall
3.4 not be revoked, suspended, or conditioned, or have any other form of reprimand imposed
3.5 or be denied a license or registration if the practitioner is practicing in compliance with
3.6 this chapter and the practitioner has:
3.7 (1) recommended or utilized expanded health care practices;
3.8 (2) referred a patient to, or comanaged a patient or client with, a practitioner of
3.9 expanded health care practices or a practitioner who is practicing in compliance with
3.10 chapter 146A.

Even by a plain reading this would appear to protect counselors from having their licenses stripped or their methods challenged if they offer ex-gay therapy or ex-gay therapy referrals.

Fortunately, the bill went no where.

Interestingly though, Bachmann introduced the legislation just a year before the American Psychological Association launched an investigation into ex-gay therapy that would ultimately conclude that ex-gay therapy is both scientifically unsound as a viable course of treatment for sexuality-related anxiety, and that it can in fact be incredibly harmful and has, in some cases led to suicide.

In 2004 Michele Bachmann advocated for Love Won Out, an Exodus International event. Exodus International believes that faith-led counselling can help people “leave homosexuality” though it’s so-called success rates remain negligible at best and it is heavily dependent on research from the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) which has been slammed several times for distorting research to fit an anti-gay agenda.

Related Reading:

Ex-Mormon Felt Suicidal Over Ex-Gay Therapy (VIDEO)
Colorado Diocese Offers 12-Step ‘Leave Homosexuality’ Program
Cure ‘em Young! – PFOX Promotes Ex-Gay Therapy in Public Schools

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W. C
W. Cabout a year ago


William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you for the information.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia7 years ago

this woman is like palin 2.0, and both are a complete disgrace to women. they are puppets for the old white men who hate anything that isnt old and white.

Dave G.
Dave G7 years ago

@Bob S.

SPARE US your Self-righteous BIgoted Bible-Thumping, PLEASE!

Went to the website - OBVIOUS tool of the EXTREME Wingnut Right, complete with Scriptural quotations and Super-Patriotic imagery.

Since WHEN did Jesus reject *anyone* because of who they were??? GET A CLUE!

Dave G.
Dave G7 years ago

@Jenny F.,

HEAR, HEAR! Now you see what we're up against in the US - HYPOCRITES passing themselves off as Super-Patriots. "HUMAN RIGHTS?? THEY DON' NEED NO STEENKIN' HUMAN RIGHTS!" They have a Hotline to GAAAAWWWWDah AWLLLL-MIIIGHTYYYYah!

In the mean time, let's get over our little selves, Teabaggers and BLECH!manns. It's time to join the rest of us in trying to get along - not single out and judge others!

...Self-Righteous BASTURDS, one and all!

Lilithe Magdalene

Petition to defund Bachmann's clinic of taxpayer money! http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/bachmann_clinic/?rc=fb_share1

wilma s.
wilma s.7 years ago

OOPS! Perhaps she will blame all this on wearing high heels and causing migraines. I call this high altitiude sickness.

Catt R.
Catt R7 years ago

It turns out that Dr. Bachmann, as he is known, is practicing without a license.
According to Politico, he is not registered with any of the three boards that certify mental health practitioners and professions in the state.
The Minnesota Board of Psychology and the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy confirmed to POLITICO that Bachmann is not licensed with them. And a search of the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy license database returns no result.


Jenny F.
Jenny Fletcher7 years ago

Here in the UK we are pretty keen on taking direct action to try to change the regimes in countries that we would regard as repressive and against human rights. We would not expect to have to do this for the country that bills itself in its constitution as supporting the rights of the individual. But, I can see, if the Republicans win the next election we might very well end up doing so. People fled Europe for the US to escape religious persecution, yet what I can see is a society that is becoming more and more intolerant of people's right to choose what they believe, including believing in nothing. I find this supremely ironic and at the same time, extremely worrying. Yes, we have problems with integrating ethnic groups and an outlawed minority that don't want to go down that road (EDL, National Front and so on), but with a very few exceptions, we don't have politicians with overt or secret agendas against LGBT or any religious group unless that group threatens our national security and safety. God (if there is one) help America.

Fred Krohn
Fred Krohn7 years ago

'Ex gay therapy' is almost as big a scam, fraud, and crock of dog droppings as Obamacare. Ban both!