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Campaign 2012 / Bachmann / Clinic / "Reparative Therapy" / A Discussion #997815

CNN Evening News for Friday, Jul 15, 2011
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A statement from Representative Michele Bachmann's husband, Marcus, in the Minneapolis "Star-Tribune" about his use of "reparative therapy" to change patients' sexual orientation reviewed; hidden camera videos from the clinic shown; details given about what patients said about the approach to dealing with gays. [Clinic patient Andrew RAMIREZ - says the clinic therapy aimed to change him from gay to straight.] [March 6 and November 6, 2004, voice of Michele BACHMANN - opposes gay marriage: that gay is part of Satan.] [Voice of Marcus BACHMANN - says barbarians need to be educated and disciplined.] [May 12, 2010, on radio talk show, voice of Marcus BACHMANN - says homosexuality is something teens wonder about due to curiosity, but barbarians need to be educated.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper, Jim Acosta) What Marcus Bachmann is saying about the approach to therapy and what Ramirez and his mother said about going to Bachmann to change from gay to straight and a statement from Representative Michele Bachmann's campaign discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The political dimension to this story because Michele is a presidential candidate noted. Earlier discussion held with CNN's Paul Begala and former White House pess secretary Ari Fleischer about the Bachmanns and reparative therapy. [BEGALA - comments on what Marcus Bachmann is saying about this approach to sexual identity; says Representative Bachmann should have to answer as to whether she supports this kind of bigotry.] [FLEISCHER - says if someone goes to a Christian counseling clinic about sexual identity it is private; notes the clinic receives Medicaid funds and the issue needs to be left alone.]

Reporter(s):
Cooper, Anderson;
Jim, Anderson Cooper,
Duration:
00:14:10

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