The Republican Party of Texas advocates ex-gay therapy.
The convention for the southern US state’s GOP ended yesterday, 7 June, and the 10,000 attendees gave their approval for the following platform language:
‘We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.’
According to CNN Cathie Adams, president of the Texas Eagle Forum, championed the inclusion of conversion therapy.
‘Nothing is mandatory,’ Adams said to CNN. ‘If a person chooses counseling, then it should be made available. California and New Jersey have passed bills outlawing it altogether, which is under litigation. It’s a freedom issue.’
Adams knows reparative therapy is successful because a former gay man in her district told her so.
‘I do not think homosexuals are born as homosexuals,’ Adams said to CNN. ‘To say this is an unchangeable thing, there are too many people who’ve changed their mind about homosexuality.’
‘No one can change the color of their skin or change the place they’re born, but they can definitely choose their lifestyles,’ she continued.
The American Psychological Association has noted ‘efforts to change sexual orientation are unlikely to be successful and involve some risk of harm.’
Last June Exodus International, the largest ‘ex-gay’ Christian therapy organization, shut its doors and apologized to the LGBTI community.
Considering who leads Texas, the conversion platform is not too surprising. Governor Rick Perry, who is not seeking reelection, opposes open service in the military, marriage equality, and gay Boy Scouts.
‘You have to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school,’ he said in a 2011 television ad in his disastrous run for the White House.
UPDATE: GSN emailed questions to Gregory Angelo, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay GOP organization. He noted ‘there is a small anti-gay fringe of the Texas GOP that is clearly obsessed with anti-gay issues.’
‘Some have said that the "reparative therapy" plank was a response to New Jersey and California, whose legislatures banned the practice for minors last year, but right now there is no such movement to ban ‘ex-gay’ therapy in Texas, so this is a solution in search of a problem,’ Angelo continued.
‘And if Republicans in Texas are worried about laws that a bunch of Democrats in New Jersey and California are passing, then the Texas GOP has far greater problems on its hands than outlawing bans on this so-called "therapy."’
The Metroplex Republicans, another gay GOP group, and LCR were denied formal participation in the convention.