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Texas GOP Cuts Anti-Gay Language from Platform, Replaces It with Support for 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

The Houston Chronicle reports that the Texas Republican Party has removed some anti-gay language from its platform and replaced it with language supported gay conversion therapy:

Gop_texasDelegates have stripped language from the party’s plank on homosexuality that says: “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.” However, delegates have inserted language that supports therapy or treatment to “escape from the homosexual lifestyle.”

“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.”

Note: This change drew some ire during testimony Thursday morning, with at least one delegate imploring the committee to return to the platform language about homosexuality tearing at the fabric of society.

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  1. That's not really better.

    Posted by: bford | Jun 5, 2014 11:03:54 AM

  2. I can't rationalize anything other that blatant hate against gays for the support of this change when the American Psychiatric Association has condemned "psychiatric treatment, such as reparative or conversion therapy which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon the a priori assumption that the patient should change his/her sexual homosexual orientation." It states that, "Ethical practitioners refrain from attempts to change individuals' sexual orientation."

    Posted by: James | Jun 5, 2014 11:04:20 AM

  3. Just the word "Texas" always causes a little bit of vomit to come up in the back of my throat.

    Posted by: me | Jun 5, 2014 11:06:06 AM

  4. I guess it's kind of reassuring to know that they still don't get it?

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 5, 2014 11:13:14 AM

  5. Meanwhile, God *still* hasn't registered as a republican. Why, Lord, hath thou forsaken them; do they not do your bidding? Oh, they don't? Well that explains it, then.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Jun 5, 2014 11:16:27 AM

  6. Well, I suppose it's an improvement. From an F- to an F+

    Posted by: Matt | Jun 5, 2014 11:20:33 AM

  7. I am not bothered by this. I am not the one trying to get in to bed with the devil. The Log Cabin Republicans are.

    Carry on.

    Posted by: mtich | Jun 5, 2014 11:24:49 AM

  8. In Texas, this is progress.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Jun 5, 2014 11:30:24 AM

  9. Now if only we could have ex-religion therapy to turn them atheist. Religion is a choice, not sexuality.

    Posted by: Sam | Jun 5, 2014 11:34:05 AM

  10. Wouldn't it be nice if anyone who wishes to promote conversion "therapy" should go through it themselves.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Jun 5, 2014 11:57:09 AM

  11. Repubkicants, because they just can't help themselves..

    Posted by: Robert M. | Jun 5, 2014 12:18:25 PM

  12. Huh. I would have thought "unchanging truths that have been ordained by God” would be the one part of the platform that would be pretty solid and safe from revision.

    Posted by: JJ | Jun 5, 2014 12:34:32 PM

  13. I would like to set up a clinic that gives ex-Republican therapy including aversion therapy and see how those creeps like it.

    Posted by: TomTallis | Jun 5, 2014 1:37:30 PM

  14. Good news, tomtallis! The entire country is now undergoing aversion therapy for the revolting lifestyle choice of Republicanism. It'll take a little while, and won't be successful in all cases, but results are looking very promising right now.

    Posted by: NotMarcusBachmann | Jun 5, 2014 1:52:27 PM

  15. I have concluded that Republicans were simply born stupid and ignorant...its nature, not nurture.

    Posted by: Urbane | Jun 5, 2014 1:53:00 PM

  16. Worse than if they had kept their anti-gay slate in the platform. Ridiculous attempt to seem more "compassionate" or "gay-friendly". It's idiotic and it's intellectually lazy. Reject.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 5, 2014 1:54:22 PM

  17. Sadly, this represents progress for them - a movement from homosexuality as moral wickedness, perversity, and depravity to homosexuality as curable medical condition. They're only 60 or 70 years behind now.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | Jun 5, 2014 1:57:24 PM

  18. Ya know what? F*** Texas!

    Posted by: Frank | Jun 5, 2014 2:11:31 PM

  19. Well, that's good.
    Kinda like Athlete's Foot is better than Jock Itch good.

    Posted by: GreatLakeSailor | Jun 5, 2014 2:12:14 PM

  20. and another winning platform from Republicans!

    Posted by: Bernie | Jun 5, 2014 5:52:06 PM

  21. Can gay people really change? This honest and revealing memoir from a Texan puts conversion therapy to the test. A MUST READ for those trying to reconcile the thorny issues of faith and sexuality. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DTGU3KE

    Posted by: CK | Jun 7, 2014 8:35:44 PM

  22. Can gay people really change? This honest and revealing memoir from a Texan puts conversion therapy to the test. A MUST READ for those trying to reconcile the thorny issues of faith and sexuality. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DTGU3KE

    Posted by: CK | Jun 8, 2014 6:45:53 PM

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