John M. Becker

Texas GOP Officially Endorses 'Ex-Gay' Quackery

Filed By John M. Becker | June 09, 2014 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: ex-gay myth, ex-gay therapy, marriage equality, pray away the gay, Texas, Texas Republican Party, Texas Republican platform

texas-gop-convention-2014.jpgOver the weekend, the Texas Republican Party gave final approval to a platform that includes an endorsement of discredited and dangerous "ex-gay" therapy, a scientifically bankrupt form of psychological abuse that falsely promises to make gay people straight.

The Guardian reports:

The Texas Republican Party has endorsed so-called "reparative therapy" for gays, under a new policy statement given final approval at its annual convention on Saturday.

The new anti-gay language was pushed through without debate at the Fort Worth conference as roughly 7,000 delegates ratified a party platform that tea party groups succeeded in pushing further to the right, including winning a harder line on immigration.

One influential tea party group called Texas Eagle Forum had urged the party to support psychological treatments that seek to turn gay people straight...

But 'Rudy Oeftering, vice president of the gay conservative group Metroplex Republicans, said: "There's a very, very small group of people who want to keep the party in the past. We were here today to try to pull the party into the future.

"The only way the party can go into the future is to start listening to young people, to start listening to people who have gay family members."

Oeftering and allies had lined up to speak against the therapy language that had been added to the draft platform earlier this week. But they never got a chance to address delegates, because a parliamentary motion to approve the full platform was called first.

The official position of the Texas Republican Party on homosexuality reads as follows:

Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, in public policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples. We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin.

Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.

We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.

David Badash over at The New Civil Rights Movement points out that the new platform also includes planks opposing adoption equality, relationship recognition of any kind for same-sex couples, and anti-discrimination protections for LGBT Texans.

You stay classy, Texas Republicans.

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