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Texas GOP Approves Party Platform Endorsing Gay Conversion Therapy

At the Texas Republican Party convention in Fort Worth over the weekend, the state GOP gave final approval to its platform endorsing gay conversion therapy.

Texas gopThe AP reports:

Under the new plank, the Texas Republican Party recognizes "the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle."

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"The platform reflects what the people in the Republican party have asked for, and that should be no surprise: family values, protection of marriage between one man and one woman and everything that goes along with that," said Jonathan Saenz, president of the conservative group Texas Values and a convention delegate.

The party did, however, remove language from the platform stating: “we affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God.”

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  1. The anti-science, anti-secular humanist, anti-gay, anti-life party is endorsing a much vilified practice that is prohibited in certain countries?

    No surprise here. GOP being themselves, no matter how much they try working the English language to look... the same prejudiced dingbats.

    Posted by: Philie | Jun 8, 2014 7:36:08 PM


  2. It kind of makes sense. They are targeting voters who believe the earth is some 6000 years old, and this new idiocy is consistent with that belief.

    The GOP is supposedly the "big business" party and all you have to do is took at the inane garbage that passes as "commercials" to realize that these guys can say anything with a straight face if they think someone will buy it.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 8, 2014 7:49:47 PM


  3. The Republican party does not respect science if they "recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling/reparative therapy."
    Gays are already whole thank-you-very-much.

    Just because a platform "reflects what the people in the Republican party have asked for" doesn't mean the platform is any good or based in reality.

    Is anyone still fooled by "family values" code? Don't we all know that just means families without gay people in them?

    Didn't the party re-add the anti-gay text that they removed? Well even if they didn't, the new anti-gay text still resonates with the old. They wouldn't be offering ex-gay torture if they didn't think that "homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit... [and is] contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God.”

    Posted by: CatsHaveItBetter | Jun 8, 2014 8:02:55 PM


  4. I think if the Texas Republican Party wants reparation for gays they should first try it out themselves and of course their esteemed Governor. Then tell us all about it.

    Posted by: macmantoo | Jun 8, 2014 8:26:09 PM


  5. things not being covered on any gay-republican blogs, like gaypatriot.net

    they're not talking about. because #theTRUTHhurts

    Posted by: TheAnswerMan | Jun 8, 2014 8:41:04 PM


  6. It won't matter what is in the Party Platform if the Federal Courts and then SCOTUS does away with all bans on SSM. Just because the pinheads in TX say it is so doesn't mean it is. The rest of the GOP Platform sounds like they are setting up to secede anyway. Good Luck.

    Posted by: JEFF YORK | Jun 8, 2014 9:00:00 PM


  7. Oh? Texas GOP > American Medical Association + American Psychiatric Association + American Psychological Association combined? Right.

    Posted by: jed | Jun 8, 2014 9:24:57 PM


  8. Sign. I'm currently stuck in Austin. I love Austin, but I just don't want to stay here anymore.

    Posted by: ppp | Jun 8, 2014 9:44:43 PM


  9. open carry? GOOD! gay? BAD

    there we have it, folks. the GOP mentality - men should hold guns, not their husband's hands.

    Rick Warren's son took this message to heart and rather than Come Out, blew his own brains out.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 8, 2014 9:50:30 PM


  10. Hey, Texas I call bulls**t. Trading one set of offensive language for another isn't fooling anyone but yourselves. We get it, you still think gays are icky.

    Posted by: e.c. | Jun 9, 2014 12:15:53 AM


  11. Why does the Texas GOP need to keep proving how backward their beliefs are? Pretty sure not all Texas Republicans agree with this nonsense.

    Posted by: JSB | Jun 9, 2014 12:38:01 AM


  12. Not exactly Paris is it ?

    "Reparative' therapy ? Who, exactly, has been 'repaired ?
    Not Texans, that's for sure.
    Stay in the 19th century Texas.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 9, 2014 3:54:31 AM


  13. The year is 2014, and scientific illiteracy is still a republican celebration.

    Posted by: Dale | Jun 9, 2014 6:10:59 AM


  14. I'm sure this concept has been bounced around before but merits discusion...Straight Conversion Therapy, we'll just have to convert tit for tat...seriously though, if these wingnuts think that conversion works we should eagerly and ernestly threaten them with the converse.

    Posted by: Tadpolicus Wex | Jun 9, 2014 6:46:21 AM


  15. What's to be said about a bunch of ignorant, regressive, angry and vindictive homophobes? They're the obvious minority and will soon be dying out like all the other dinosaurs. (And as a progressive, Democratic Texan I can assure the rest of the nation that although these morons have money and a big microphone they are absolutely NOT our future here. The pendulum swings even as I write!)

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 9, 2014 9:12:18 AM


  16. What's to be said about a bunch of ignorant, regressive, angry and vindictive homophobes? They're the obvious minority and will soon be dying out like all the other dinosaurs. (And as a progressive, Democratic Texan I can assure the rest of the nation that although these morons have money and a big microphone they are absolutely NOT our future here. The pendulum swings even as I write!)

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 9, 2014 9:12:18 AM


  17. this moment for the Republican Party in Texas should be seen as a negative and nothing to brag about...This type of so called treatment is nothing more than snake oil and is NOT recognized by any legitimate medical or mental health association in the US as it is an ineffective and unnecessary and could even be harmful

    Posted by: Bernie | Jun 9, 2014 9:30:38 AM


  18. ...as a relocated Texan (to Maine)..I read this with my head shaking and my brain trying to digest what this all means for Texas.These people are clearly delusional and hybrids of some serious hate based on the Bible. The bible is full of contradictions and out right fantasies and yes, lies. They cherry-pick the book and select which verses suit their angry, resentful and hate-filled "minds". They honestly believe that they can actually make a real difference? Really? They are a group of losers and sad-sacks that unfortunately have dollar leverage from their supporters and even personal wealth themselves...so they are trying to buy their way into power.(Hey it worked for the Bush campaigns...twice..) It is going to be an epic fail. I think we should all be "better angels" and try not to gloat when they do fail. The wild west days are long gone and bible thumpin' is fast becoming an anathema to most of the Americans today. Let them have their deluded notions and childish beliefs. It will go no further as time rolls on. A great many want Texas to secede..It is a true and real wish for so many. As a native of that state, I say "godspeed". Do it. Make it happen. So sad.

    Posted by: thom | Jun 9, 2014 9:55:49 AM


  19. Party platforms in the US have no actual political binding power as they do in other countries, so the text tends to be off-the-wall. The Democratic party national platform for a long time had language fights over "Free abortion on demand". These things are there to placate activists.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 9, 2014 11:43:18 AM


  20. It's Texans, and it's Texan Republicans. If any thing more is needed for you to understand this inane and anti-intellectual proclamation, then the GOP, is the party for you.

    Posted by: StevyD | Jun 9, 2014 12:00:36 PM


  21. Texas GOP...why don't you change your name to what you really are?...Texas Taliban !

    Posted by: bill hill | Jun 9, 2014 12:38:05 PM


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