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Texas GOP Enshrines Support For Conversion Therapy In The Party Platform

reparative-therapyProving once again that Texas is the land that time forgot, the state GOP has taken on the burning issue of its day. No, not marriage equality. Curing homosexuality. At the state party convention, delegates added a section to the party platform celebrating conversion therapy.

Yes, that’s right. According to those medical experts in the Texas Republican party, homosexuality can be cured. Or, as the party platform so quaintly puts it, “We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle.

The impetus for the move are laws in New Jersey and California that have banned reparative therapy for minors as the harmful sham that it is. (As an aside, the Texas platform is one more sign why New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who signed that state’s law, will never be the GOP presidential nominee.) Afraid that science is catching, Texas Republicans have taken to politics to ensure that the state remains safe for “counselors” seeking to damage struggling adolescents.

As if that makes it alright, Cathie Adams, the president of the Texas Eagle Forum and the force behind the proposal, assures Texans that “nothing is mandatory. If a person chooses counseling, then it should be available.”

Of course, that’s not what the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association say. But what do they know? They’re only medical experts.