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Texas GOP Platform Embraces ‘Reparative Therapy’ to ‘Escape Homosexual Lifestyle’

by David Badash on June 4, 2014

in Discrimination,News,Politics

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The Republican Party of Texas has drafted a new platform for 2014 which embraces so-called “ex-gay” or “reparative therapy,” a practice that has been deemed ineffective, harmful, or even dangerous by every major medical organization.

“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 first draft, according to the Houston Chronicle, reads. “No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.”

This statement is actually a more moderate stance from the Texas GOP’s 2012 platform (full final copy), which read, “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.”

The 2012 platform added:

Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, refuse to recognize, or grant special privileges including, but not limited to: marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin), custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.

The Texas 2012 GOP platform actually mentioned homosexuality thirteen times, and lambasted “well-funded, vigorous political and judicial attempts by powerful organizations and branches of the government to force acceptance, affirmation and normalization of homosexual behavior upon school children, parents, educational institutions, businesses, employees, government bodies and religious institutions and charities,” claiming that these “aggressive, intolerant efforts marginalize as bigots anyone who dissents.”

The Houston Chronicle adds that the new language “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.”

So much for “big tent.”

 

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LOrion June 4, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Do NOTE: AS STATED BY the Medical/Psychological Community from another case, re validity of being a Legitimate form of Psychotherapy .. it must work both ways..eg must be able to change HETEROSEXUALS to Homosexuals…

BJLincoln June 4, 2014 at 9:25 pm

I just don't see how they think this is going to work. Do they honestly believe they would be able to get every anti-discrimination law repealed? Do they honestly believe "school children, parents, educational institutions, businesses, employees, government bodies and religious institutions and charities" will revert back to their discriminatory thinking and ways just because they turned back laws? Do they honestly believe they know more than all the medical orgs. and psychiatric orgs. about changing orientation or treatment for transgender people?
Isn't belief in something that is NEVER going to happen a sign of mental illness? Is belief in that everyone is wrong and only you are right a mental issue? Why would anyone want to follow someone who doesn't believe in doctors?….except when they need one of course.
If this kind of language is used by other countries pertaining to any minority, our country would speak up to the wrongness of it. We would ask they stop. But because they are Americans waving a Bible, it's just fine.

cftxp June 5, 2014 at 1:49 am

What I'm more angry about is the fact that a solid 3/4 of Texans support anti-discrimination policies, 2/3 of Texans support the recognition of same-sex unions (still a majority among Republicans), and nearly half support same-sex marriage, yet we have these blowhards running the state! Even if you aren't a one-issue voter (I certainly am not), you have to admit when your party goes WAY too far with these things.

We've already had a Mississipification of our education system, and as it seems, the only way to reverse that and end our trajectory into being the worst state in the union is to take back our state from these xenophobes who hate our own citizens! Sorry, but for me, "Republican" is no longer an excuse for hatred and until they change, they get no support from me at all. I mean seriously, keeping the current platform of how homosexuality tears at the fabric of society is somehow too progressive for the Texas GOP!

MiddleGrounds June 5, 2014 at 4:05 am

Texas…attempting to go backwards, as some of us move forward. Last I checked, “reparative therapy” doesn't work, and even at the Federal level, it's frowned upon.

I guess Texas really DOES want to secede from the US, but first, let's talk about what you owe…

davidpickuplmft June 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm

The scientific community has stated many false and misleading things about Reparative Therapy. RT does not in fact HAVE to work both ways. This is simply an argument designed to discredit a truly effective therapy for people who know that, for them, homosexuality is not naturally inborn, but is caused in childhood by extreme gender identity inferiority and severely unmet emotional needs. There is scientific and anecdotal evidence that indicates RT works for people who are motivated to change.

Speaking of the Federal level, no Federal organization has frowned upon RT. However, on the state level California and New Jersey have passed laws that outlaw RT for minors, and both of them are in the court system since being challenged by lawsuits. The CA lawsuit is now before the US Supreme Court for consideration. 5 other states have defeated the "No RT for Minors" laws in their own states.

totripoli June 8, 2014 at 11:26 pm

"This is simply an argument designed to discredit a truly effective therapy…"
…that has never been proven to work.

"There is scientific and anecdotal evidence that indicates RT works for people who are motivated to change. "
No, there is not. There is plenty of evidence to indicate that it does NOT change anyone's orientation, but merely convinces them to go back "in the closet" and pretend to be straight. The founders of Exodus International, as well as those of many other "ex-gay" organizations, have publicly admitted that RT is a fraud, has never actually done what it claims to do, and in many cases actually causes psychological harm.

"homosexuality is not naturally inborn, but is caused in childhood by extreme gender identity inferiority and severely unmet emotional needs."
Wrong. It has been scientifically proven that sexuality is determined largely by hormones in the womb. If homosexuality were caused by issues such as you claim, there would be zero homosexuals who had happy, fulfilling childhoods. Yet plenty of gay people came from just that sort of positive upbringing. This seems to be just another variation on the long-debunked "all gay people were molested as children" lie.

It seems YOU have stated many false & misleading things about reparative therapy. You have proven that you are wildly uninformed about psychology, the science behind sexuality, the validity of hearsay – sorry, "anecdotal" – evidence for supposedly scientific procedures, and actual information vs. anti-gay money-grabber propaganda.
That, or you're simply happy to bear false witness to push your personal biases on others.

labman57 June 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Next on their agenda — burning witches at the stake, stoning non-Christian heretics, and mandatory exorcisms for anyone who watches porn.

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