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Campaign 2012 / Bachmann / Clinic / "Reparative Therapy" #997465

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) New questions raised about the Christian family clinic owned by presidential candidate Representative Michele Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, introduced. [Several times, voice of BACHMANN - opposes gay marriage, how the lifestyle is bondage and part of satan, all gay individuals are abused.]

(No location given: Jim Acosta) Bachmann's controversial business examined; details given of charges the clinic tries to change patients' sexual orientation via "reparative therapy." [Clinic patient Andrew RAMIREZ - says the therapy would make him no longer gay with celibacy an alternative.] [Mother Beth SHELLENBARGER†- talks about her gay son.] [In radio interview, Marcus BACHMANN - says barbarians need to be educated.] Undercover video from the clinic by a member of Truth Wins Out shown. A statement from a spokesman for Michele on their clinic and treatment there quoted. [In Iowa, Michele BACHMANN - avoids clinic question,] How Bachmann could do in the Iowa primary discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with HLN Dr. Drew Pinsky about "reparative therapy." [PINSKY - says the goal of changing sexual orientation via this therapy is off the rails: being gay is not a pathology; questions the "ambient culture" of this approach to dealing with homosexuality.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The announcement that presidential candidate Mitt Romney will not sign the marriage pledge document noted.

Cooper, Anderson;
Acosta, Jim

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