When presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, addressed accusations that his Christian counseling business encourages homosexual clients to try to change their sexual orientation, he appeared to play down the role of so-called conversion therapy at his clinics.

“Is it a remedy form that I typically would use?” Bachmann told Minnesota’s Star Tribune newspaper. “It is at the client’s discretion.

“We don’t have an agenda or a philosophy of trying to change someone,” Bachmann said, noting that such therapy was not a focus of his two clinics.

Bachmann’s seeming ambivalence about conversion therapy – sometimes called reparative therapy – after a week’s worth of news stories that raised questions about whether his clinics promote the practice may illustrate a broader trend in the conservative Christian subculture.

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