The Texas Republican Party is standing up for ex-gay therapy.
The party of the southern US state is holding its convention in Fort Worth. Thirty-one delegates are revising the platform, and the first draft supports the theory sexuality can be changed.
‘We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle,’ the draft says, according to the Houston Chronicle. ‘No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.’
This revision is actually a change for the better. Originally the draft said the following:
‘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.’
When the convention started late last month the Log Cabin Republicans and Metroplex Republicans, two gay GOP groups, were denied formal participation.
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.
UPDATE: The Human Rights Campaign, a LGBTI rights organization, provided the following statement to GSN:
‘There is significant evidence of harm to LGBT people resulting from attempts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity,’ the HRC spokesperson said via email.
‘Based on this evidence, every major medical and mental health organization in the United States has condemned the use of "reparative therapy." LGBT Texans, especially young people who are more frequently the victims of these junk science tactics, deserve better.’