It looks like Texas Republicans have finally revised their stance on homosexuality. They still don’t accept it, but they are now encouraging the use of gay conversion therapies.
The Texas GOP convention was this past weekend and for the event, Texas Republicans drafted a new platform. It contains much of the usual ignorant crap, but it seems they tried to take a lighter approach in their stance to gay rights. Their previous platform was pretty harsh on the subject:
[box type=”shadow”]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, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. 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.[/box]
This year, however, they’ve taken a whole new approach.
[box type=”shadow”] 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.[/box]
Instead of telling gays they are some sort of demonic, country-destroying disease, now they’re telling them they have a demonic, country-destroying disease, but luckily it can be fixed with emotionally-destructive “therapy.”
These ex-gay therapies not only don’t work, but can be incredibly harmful to the people who get forced or shamed into taking them. By taking a stance in support of them, the Texas GOP not only endorses emotional torture but also presumes that homosexuality is just a condition that can be “treated.”
As homosexuality has become more accepted across the country, it does look like some of the younger Republican crowd is trying to change their party’s bigoted stance. Several groups have become active proponents of marriage equality within the GOP ranks, including Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, the Log Cabin Republicans, and Metroplex Republicans. Unfortunately attempts to set up booths at the convention in support of gay rights were shot down because they run counter to the current party platform.