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Anderson Cooper Destroys Lying TX GOP Lawmaker's Defense of Gay 'Reparative Therapy' Platform: VIDEO

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Texas State Rep. Bryan Hughes (R) appeared on AC360 last night to defend the Texas Republican Party's decision to add language to its platform supporting gay "reparative therapy".

The AP reported:

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."

Hughes argues that doctors are divided on the issue when that's just not true, and Anderson set him straight:

"It’s really just not accurate to say that doctors are evenly divided. I could give you a list: the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselors' Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers. They represent half a million mental health professionals, they all say this is not a mental disorder. It’s not something that needs to be cured....Does it concern you, again, that your party is now backing a form of therapy which basically every major medical organization says doesn’t work, can be harmful, and which many of the people who have been through it say it doesn’t work and is bad for kids?"

Hughes responded:

"No one is saying that God doesn’t love people as they are. There’s nothiing in the platform about that. No one is trying to take that position. Every one of us makes mistakes, makes decisions we’re not proud of. God loves each one of us, and he offers us a way for us to deal with sin and bad choices. But I do strongly disagree with what he said about God not loving people."

Anderson wasn't having it:

"The fact that you view being gay, or you characterize it as a 'mistake,' or something that should be changed really kind of maybe says more about your position than what your words actually say."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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.”


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.


Yelp Users Review Anti-Gay Texas Restaurant As A Cruisey Gay Club

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Remember Big Earl’s Bait House And Country Store, that Pittsburgh, Texas restaurant that told that gay couple “We don’t serve fags here”? Yeah, well… thanks to Yelp reviewers it’s now becoming known as the hottest gay bar in the southwest.

DewberryHere’s some of the reviews:

“This place is great because you can really just let your freak flag fly here.”

“their night crawlers are HUGE and are always gobbled up around owner's daughter's favorite glory hole.”

“Food comes with a free side of bigotry that we did NOT order. Worst service. Lots of hot gay couples kissing was the only good part.”

“The sign said BIG Earl's so when Earl stopped by my table and invited me into the kitchen to sample his Rainbow Trout, I had high hopes. But when he showed me his teensy-weensy little trout . . . well, I guess it's like when they call a fat guy "Slim"? Maybe that's a Texas thing.

On the positive side, it says "Bait House" but the place was more like a Bath House with all the horny Texas cowboys flirting and slapping each other's behinds. Very gay-friendly atmosphere.

The coleslaw had bigotry all over it and the club sandwich had way too much white privilege.

Interestingly enough, they serve shrimp. Delicious, sinful shrimp. Which is prohibited in the bible in the same fashion as homosexuality. So if you want a big plate of bigotry with a side of hypocrisy, and unlimited refills of ignorance, this is the place for you!

The sign says that men should act like men and women should be ladies, so I came in expecting drag queen divas, butch babes, and tantalizing two-spirits. Instead there was only bait (not the kind I was hoping for) and a disturbing lack of all things Madonna and Gaga."

Texas activists are also reportedly planning a protest at the restaurant sometime soon:

“If there’s any problems, they will be taken care of appropriately,” says Christina Cheney, who is Big Earl’s daughter and the waitress who made the homophobic remark. “We are aware that they are attempting to come out here. We’re ready for them; we have informed the Sheriff’s department and the state.”


Texas GOP Blocks Gay Republican Group from State Convention

Log Cabin Republicans announced yesterday that they have been denied formal participation at the Texas State Republican Convention.

Gop_texasWrote the group in a press release:

“Overall, Log Cabin Republicans of Texas has found incredible support within the Republican party — Texans, like the rest of the country, are evolving on LGBT rights issues,” said Log Cabin Republicans of Texas Chairman Jeffrey Davis. “The Republican Party of Texas has even welcomed many of our members as delegates to the Texas State Republican Convention. However, the party has denied our several attempts to host a booth in the convention exhibit hall, citing archaic language in the party platform to support their actions. We deserve to occupy a booth just like anyone else, and it’s time that the Texas GOP’s hypocritical policies and procedures are replaced by new ones that match the general opinion of Texan Republican voters.”

MunisteriTexas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri (right) told TPM that the group was denied not because they are gay but because "of the association with the promotion for gay marriage" which is not in the party's platform.

The party's platform on homosexuality reads:

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, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. 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.


Texas Restaurant Tells Gay Couple Not to Return : 'We Don't Serve Fags Here': VIDEO

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A gay couple who left Big Earl's Restaurant in Pittsburg, Texas after having a meal there were told by the waitress not to come back.

"We don't serve fags here," said the waitress.

KLTV reports:

Collin and his partner Kelly Williams said they have lived in East Texas their whole lives and have never been called that word before.

“We’ve never had that kind of hate displayed to us before,” Dewberry said.

They explained that the waitress then recited the following phrase: “Here at Big Earl’s we like for men to act like men and for ladies to act like ladies, so we want you to never return.”

They had eaten, paid, and had no idea they had done anything wrong.

“It was just so nonchalantly, almost like she was reading a piece of paper,” he said.

Well, she was. That phrase is posted on a piece of paper on the front door of the restaurant.

Watch KLTV's infuriating report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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