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Texas Reparative Therapy: Gay Conversion Endorsed by State GOP

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 06:14 AM

"Reparative therapy" for gays, psychological treatments that seek to turn gay people straight, is being endorsed by the Texas Republican Party under a new platform given final approval at its annual convention.

The endorsement didn't come up for debate before roughly 7,000 delegates in Fort Worth ratified a platform that tea party groups succeeded in pushing further to the right, according to The Associated Press..

One influential tea party group called Texas Eagle Forum had urged the party to support reparative therapy. It comes after Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last fall signed a law banning such therapies on minors. California has a similar law.

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"There's a very, very small group of people who want to keep the party in the past. We were here today to try to pull the party into the future," said Rudy Oeftering, vice president of the gay conservative group Metroplex Republicans. "The only way the party can go into the future is to start listening to young people, to start listening to people who have gay family members."

Oeftering and allies had lined up to speak against the therapy language that had been added earlier this week. But they never got a chance to address delegates, because a parliamentary motion to approve the full platform was called first.

Under the new plank, the Texas GOP recognizes "the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle."

The American Psychological Association and other major health organizations have condemned such counseling, which generally tries to change a person's sexual orientation or to lessen their interest in engaging in same-sex sexual activity. The groups say the practice should not be used on minors because of the danger of serious psychological harm.

"The platform reflects what the people in the Republican Party have asked for, and that should be no surprise: family values, protection of marriage between one man and one woman and everything that goes along with that," said Jonathan Saenz, president of the conservative group Texas Values and a convention delegate.

Gay conservatives did come away with a rare victory at the convention: Winning the removal of decades-old language in the state party platform that states, "homosexuality tears at the fabric of society."

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