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G.U.Y.

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Gay Republicans in Texas said Friday they may stop fighting their party's proposed endorsement of "reparative therapy" over worries that even tougher anti-gay language could be added to the party platform.

The Texas Republican Party is poised to adopt a new platform this weekend that would support psychological treatments that seek to turn gay people straight. Such therapies were banned for minors last year by New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie, and California has a similar law.

But a fight to remove the therapy language during the Texas GOP convention on Saturday could backfire, said Jeff Davis, chairman of gay conservative group Texas Log Cabin Republicans. A final platform vote would include nearly 10,000 delegates at the biennial convention, which has long been unfriendly territory for gays.

Davis said his group and its allies haven't settled on a strategy, but that it may be better to adopt a longer-term plan to educate conservatives on the harms of psychological treatments that seek to turn gay people straight.

"Fighting it on the floor may not be the best court of action," Davis said. "It might be in our best interest to wait until the convention is over and regroup."

Under the new proposed plank, the Texas GOP would "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 American Psychological Association and other major health organizations have condemned such counseling, which generally try 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.

But trying to strip the language from the Texas GOP platform could set off a contentious fight and result in altering the language even more. The therapy phrasing survived a key committee vote late Thursday, but hardliners had sought to change "homosexuality" in the platform to "sexual sins."

Also on the table is removing decades-old language that states, "homosexuality tears at the fabric of society." Davis said that was the only language his group sought to change at the convention, and that he still wanted to go home with that win.

The therapy language was inserted at the urging of Cathie Adams of Dallas, leader of the influential tea party group Texas Eagle Forum and a onetime chairwoman of the Texas Republican Party.

Full Article: http://abcnews.go.co...y-gays-24020918


G.U.Y.

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It's sad how they really think that they can 'heal' it. They are so serious about it, it seems like a joke.


G.U.Y.

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Ridiculous.  :miley:  :miley:  :miley:


G.U.Y.

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I only have one word as a response to this: sad.


G.I.R.L.

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This is the most disgusting piece of ****ing **** I've ever seen in my life.

G.U.Y.

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My gay friend from Texas tells me EVERYONE there is really dumb and its true.


G.U.Y.

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They need a therapy called rat poison to heal themselves from their pathetic lives.


G.U.Y.

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My gay friend from Texas tells me EVERYONE there is really dumb and its true.

Well, I'm from Texas and I am not dumb lol. But our politicians are pretty dumb. Actually, the South's conservative politicians are all pretty out there. 


G.U.Y.

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Red states :wtf:

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Oh my...the Tea Party. Their ideas are dangerously extreme.

G.U.Y.

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messas


G.U.Y.

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I'm really mixed on the issue. I'd sign up for it if I knew it would work, honestly. I hate being gay sometimes, but then again it's so silly to think about being "converted." I don't know. Just whatever I guess is how I feel about it.

 

I love Texas though :legend:


G.U.Y.

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The Christian Right Wing are your enemy. They don't like you and they want to establish a Christian theocracy. Don't be fooled by their talk of morality, they are not the good guys.


G.U.Y.

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I'm a counselor, and throughout all of my years while getting my Masters, I have leafed in school that repetitive therapy is against the law in most states. This is such a horrible article to read. Instead of helping people embrace and love who they are, they are putting people at risk for possible increase of depression, anxiety, and suicide. What a sin. I can only hope and pray that those people in Texas have a rude awakening soon. 

G.U.Y.

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land of freedom they said......

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G.U.Y.

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I feel for the advisers of the Texas GOP standing by as they dig their political graves deeper and deeper. 


G.U.Y.

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I'm getting tired of Rebulicians.. Is it required to be a homophobe to be a republican? Sheesh. /facepalm


G.U.Y.

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Can we heal those of extreme religion?


G.I.R.L.

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My gay friend from Texas tells me EVERYONE there is really dumb and its true.


Everyone? That's a pretty big generalization.


G.I.R.L.

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If the plan is to ultimately force gay people to have this counselling, then they may as well just support suicide of gay people. You can't heal being gay. It's not a disease. You can't "heal" red heads - having red hair is not a disease (yes, you can cover it with hair dye, but gay people often pretend to be straight too), so what makes them think this healing junk is gonna work? If you love someone, you love them. It's not like gay people get to a point in their life where they go "oh hey, I think I'm gonna be gay from now on". Anyway, sexuality is fluid. I think everyone should stay out of everyone elses business. How is who someone else is having sex with affecting anyone but the two people involved? It's not.


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