GOP candidate Michele Bachmann tries to deflect gay issues on Leno

Mon. September 19, 2011 11:17 AM by News Staff

Hollywood - Late night talk show host Jay Leno confronted Republican candidate for president Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) over her position on gay marriage.

Bachmann has signed a pledge to try to make gay marriage illegal if elected President. Her husband, Marcus Bachmann, runs a therapy clinic which offers services to try to help gay people become straight.

Leno tried to soften her up by congratulating her on her 33rd wedding anniversary, then asked -- as if he didn't know -- about the two clinics she and her husband own, which do what he called "reparative therapy."

Bachmann: "No, it's Christian counseling.

Leno: "That whole ‘pray the gay away' thing, I don't get that."

Bschmann: "When I heard that I thought it was a mid-life crisis thing -- 'Pray the gray away.'"

Leno: "To me, when I was a kid, they used to try and teach me to write right-handed … to me that's the same thing if you're gay. I've been married 31 years, first wife, very happy. Two gay guys get married, how does that affect my marriage?"

Bachmann: "The whole thing is, with clinics, whatever issue anyone has, we don't discriminate, we don't discriminate with people's issues."

Leno wanted to know why the gay thing was even an issue, and Bachmann responded, "The family is foundational and marriage between a man and a woman is what the law has been for years."