ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The gay activist who filmed undercover videos inside Marcus Bachmann’s counseling clinic says he’ll go to court if needed to fight a $150 fee he faces for canceled therapy sessions.

A lawyer for John Becker of Truth Wins Out warned the husband of GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann that legal action would follow if the clinic owner refers the matter to debt collectors.

During five sessions this summer, Becker posed as a patient grappling with same-sex attractions. Becker’s video shows him and a counselor discussing ways to overcome homosexual urges; Bachmann denies his clinic offers therapy to “cure” gays.

Becker had booked future sessions, which he says he punctually canceled.

Marcus Bachmann confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that he called Becker to press him for payment of no-show fees.

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Comments (38)
  1. Bobby Mgee says:

    HAHA Marcus is just trying to talk himself out of being Gay, hey get a clue it is not a choice dopes. Who the hell would choose that? There is no cure for gayness just go with it.

    1. Hooch says:

      It’s a mental illness

      1. Cassandra Morrison says:

        No it is not a mental illness nor is it defined as such by modern psychiatry. On the other hand…BIGOTRY and INTOLERANCE may well BE forms of mental illness.

        1. TL says:

          Im all for equality no matter what ones orientation is. This argument over whether it is a choice however, Im not convinced that it isnt in-as-much-as Im not convinced that it is a mental illness.

          On whether there is a “gay gene” floating around certain peoples bodies, I have read articles from the medical and biological world that there “may be a gay gene” and they (science) “may have” identified a gene that pre-supposes a male/female to be gay.

          This to me isnt concrete evidence that being gay isnt a choice on some sub-conscience or conscience level that we know nothing about yet. And we wont know until our fixation on thinking a gay gene has been found has been relaxed enough to do more research.

          I just find it funny that science has spent decades looking for the cure for any of the major diseases with barely a treatment for some….yet in a relative short period of time a “gay gene” has been found. Nobody else finds that odd?

          Just sayin’ .

    2. Sick perv says:

      Hide your children from this man he will try to convert your children

  2. Zeek says:

    Slow news day? Why is this even a story?

    1. Twinkle toes says:

      Because most people assume- and are possibly correct- that fabulous Marcus is in denial of his orientation. Its funny and sad at he same time. An interesting look at human behavior on public display.

  3. Donkey Logic says:

    Funny how rules only apply to Democrats when they agree with them.

    But they can’t help it, God made them that way, it’s not a choice.

    1. And we have a winner!! says:

      Donkey Logic takes home the coveted Most Inane comment of the thread award!!

  4. Jill Hill says:

    Are you serious? This is news? If I went to counseling and forgot to reschedule and missed an appointment, I would owe the money…this guy is sick. The media is trying to hard to discredit those who do not think like them (and who they think should NOT be allowed to live!)

    1. Matt says:

      Jill maybe you need to go back to school and learn to read. the story clearly states he CANCELED them he didn’t miss or forgot to reschedule.

  5. Jill Hill says:

    Ooops…yes I know my English – “The media is trying TOO hard…sorry folks!!

    1. max says:

      You do appear to still be confused Jill. The guy CANCELLED the appts, so he shouldn’t be charged.

  6. Jason D says:

    jill what part of this is confusing you?
    ‘Becker had booked future sessions, which he says he punctually canceled.’

    He didn’t forget, nor was he a no-show. The appointments were cancelled.

  7. Swamp Rat says:

    Sorry folks but this isn’t news! However, to the clandestine whistle-blower–If you want you your say or want to play in the big leagues of exposing wrong doers etc. then you will have to to pay and/or take the resulting heat coming your way. Not paying Bachmann only exacerbates your endeavors and makes you look like an idiot with all the oncoming ridicule.

    I am not taking sides on the main issue in question regarding Marcus Bachmann but if you are going to expose him or anyone for whatever hypocrisy etc. then do it without drawing attention to yourself, your methods, and credibility. In the real world with ‘personal’ counseling appointments there are rules and billing charges. Get the message!

    Now back to the original question–Is this news? Probably not. It’s one dead beat against another dead beat ‘as the world churns’! LMOA!

    1. Foolish says:

      you suckin’ up to Marcus there lil’ one? or sucking?
      no side taken here either LMAO

      1. Swamp Rat says:

        Read what has been written on this thread Foolish! You are a nincompoop!!! Enough time wasted on you………………….

  8. Pavel says:

    Let’s wait for the facts.

  9. rob h says:

    if anyone else cancelled an appointment, they would have to pay. Why does this guy think he can get off without paying?

    1. max says:

      If you cancel an appointment sufficiently in advance, you generally DO NOT have to pay.

    2. Matt says:

      I never had to pay for canceling an appointment

      1. Swamp Rat says:

        @Matt & max;
        The whole object of the exercise in dissenting and whistle blowing is not to draw attention to yourself nor give the guilty subject[s] tangible cause to go after you. Bachmann is using the non-paying issue as an excuse to discredit the whistle-blower. Ersatz experts, like Bachmann, do have funny or strange rules for appointment cancellations that if not adhered to can cause grief and other problems for the probable client.

        In other words if you go into the Lions’ Den watch your glutei maximi!

  10. dan says:

    So after 5 sessions of “posing” as a patient grappling with same-sex attractions this is all you could come up with? You went in there thinking this was going to be a big news flash and only to find out they are legit and you could only uncover the fact that they are going to charge you for cancelled sessions? Wow, what a news story CCO!

    1. at lil' dan says:

      Hot damkit Dan ….. which one of the fosters be you? 😉
      Lil’ one? Heard the name tossed at you because of small parts if ya know what I mean lmao

  11. angus says:

    Gay people do not go around converting straights to gay anymore than straights can convert gay to straight. Also, gays are not pedophiles, and the latter may go after children of either sex. Please understand the difference. Your children are safe around gays but not pedophiles.

    In this care, what were the provisions in force when he cancelled? Was there a penalty clause? If so, was the patient advised of the clause? Is it in writing and was he given a copy of the clause? Wait for facts.

    Nothing obscene, abusive, or nasty in this entry. Let’s see if it gets censored

  12. rml says:

    I’ve canceled plenty of appointments and never had to pay for any that I canceled…. I wouldn’t pay this “clinic” another dime either.

  13. Murph says:

    With all these testimonials,Marcus might even come out ahead with the free advertizing!However his pathetic wife is at the edge of the cliff over the political junkpile that is the GOP.If she can’t make it there ,she won’t make it anywhere!Those fascist clowns have worn out their welcome,even Faux tv is no longer repeating their most outlandish lies!The skinny black guy with steel nuggets is gonna win another one in 2012!

    1. Murph says:

      The real question left unanswered is this>>> Does Marcus have a degree in psychiatry or NOT? Let’s just see if he is a legal quack or an illegal one before we lynch him with words!Michele is different,I got matches if you have a sturdy stake!

  14. Patty says:

    He can’t help being gay.

    The rest of us can’t help being repulsed by gayness, incest and child molestation.

    It’s millions of years of evolution at work. Sorry, we were born this way.

    1. max says:

      Actually, not everyone is “repulsed” by gayness. The fact that you lump gayness, child abuse and molestation in the same sentence says a lot about your “evolution” or lack thereof.

      1. Patty says:

        They can be lumped together under “abnormal sexual practices”.

        You are correct, not everyone is repulsed by gays. What do you think…85 or 90 percent of people are? Think world-wide, not the small liberal world.

        1. Patty's lover says:

          Patty, next time you get tied up, or attend a swapping party, or commit your kinky acts of you know what, et. al. remember that your acts are disgusting. Everything you say, can also be said about you.

        2. max says:

          “lumped together” by who, Patty? By You? So what? I somehow doubt you have any expertise in the matter. My guess is all you have is your bigotry.

  15. Bob2 says:

    michele hides in the bushes and marcus hides in the closet..DOUBLE DOWN

  16. Deep Thinker says:

    Marcus Sandusky……………..

    1. Deeper Thinker says:

      Yeah, that was deep. So what’s your point?

  17. Murph says:

    Poor Marcus could just be swell guy! It’s just that there is a question about what makes him swell!

  18. Laughing Out Loud Up North says:

    LOL, these are so true and so funny 🙂

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