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Texas Democrats oppose ‘ex-gay’ therapies after Republicans endorse them

The Texas state Democratic Party has slammed Texas state Republicans for endorsing so-called reparative therapies that aim to turn people from gay to straight at the party’s state convention
San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro
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Delegates to the Texas Democratic Party’s convention in Dallas on Saturday slammed their Republican rivals for approving a platform which includes support for attempts to turn gay people straight.

The Texas Democrats have instead put denying public funds to programs that attempt to alter a person’s sexuality in their platform and also want the Texas Department of State Health Services to investigate people who try to provide such services.

The platform also calls for the repeal of the remaining section of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Texas state Defense of Marriage Act and the Texas Constitutional Marriage Amendment which same-sex marriage in the state.

LGBTI rights took pride of place at the convention with San Antonio Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro calling out recent comments by Texas Governor Rick Perry in which he supported efforts to attempt to ‘cure’ people of their sexual orientations – comparing them to alcoholics.

‘Governor Perry, if you believe gay people need repairing, then I would suggest your soul needs repairing,’ Castro told the convention.

If they win government in Texas the Democrats have also pledged to better protect LGBTI people from discrimination and hate crimes in Texas.

Stonewall Democrats in the state have also launched a campaign on social media against ‘ex-gay’ therapies using the hashtag #WeDontNeedFixin.

So-called reparative therapies aimed at changing a person's sexual orientation have been banned in California and New Jersey and the practices have been found to be without merit and potentially damaging by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the National Association of Social Workers.

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I suggest these republicans try anal retentive therapy so they can learn to stop dumping their crap on other people.

It must be very difficult to be a self-loathing gay person, aka Texas gay republican. How many of you Texas gay republicans have signed up for reparative therapy? One's sexuality is much more at the core of one's being than whether you adhere to liberal or conservative values. First, a political party would have to accept me as a person regardless of my sexuality before I could support them in any other manner. As a teen I hated myself for being gay and thankfully have moved past it... I could never support a political party that, as part of their platform, tried to make me hate myself again.