Texas GOP Wants To Make Dangerous Ex-Gay Conversion Therapy Law

The Texas GOP actually wants to slip language supporting ex-gay therapy into legislation that could become law.

The Texas GOP actually wants to slip language supporting ex-gay therapy into legislation that could become law.

For a brief, shining moment this week, it appeared the Republican Party for the state of Texas was trending towards, if not sanity, then at least an acknowledgment of the humanity of a group of individuals. It was reported in the Dallas Voice, a publication which bills itself as the premier media source for LGBT Texas, that the party had taken the inflammatory statement that “homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family,” out of their platform ahead of the upcoming statewide convention.

We have now learned, thanks to the Houston Chronicle, that the above statement just had to be removed so as to make room for something far more offensive to the LGBT community of Texas. Not only was the replacement language offensive, it is, according to esteemed organizations like the American Psychological Association an endorsement of a potentially damaging and harmful practice.
The first draft of the new party platform reads like a conservative piece of fan fiction for The Wonder Years.

Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, in public policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples. We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin.

Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values. 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.

The bolded section refers to the scientifically debunked notions of religious ex-gay and therapeutic conversion therapies that have been deemed ineffective at being able to change the sexual orientation of an individual. Not only is it ineffective at it’s primary mission, persons subjected to the inhumane pseudo-science claim to have walked away from it suffering deep shame, self-hate, nervous breakdowns and having considered suicide.

This platform, which is the legal and civil equivalent of stamping ones feet and holding their breath, the Republican Party of the state of Texas has doubled down on a state law that is currently under review by a Federal Circuit Court and a Federal law that was struck down last year by the Supreme Court as being unconstitutional. This is reflected in their continued support for “the enforcement of the State and Federal Defense of Marriage Acts”.

Rounding out their assault on all things gay, they voice their opposition to adoption and foster agencies being forced to place children with same-sex couples, removing employment discrimination protections for the GLBT community especially when they would “coerce religious business owners to violate their own beliefs by affirming what they consider to be sinful and sexually immoral behavior”.
The stars at night may be big and bright deep in the heart of Texas, but it’s a shame the same cannot be said for that state’s Republican Party.