Texas GOP Replaces Anti-Gay 2014 Platform With "Ex-Gay" Language
One step forward, two steps back. That's how it has gone this week in the Texas Republican party, which ceremoniously removed some of the nastiest anti-gay language seen in any state platform for 2014 earlier this week, only to replace it today with support for "ex gay" torture.
Delegates 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.