So, the Texas Republican Party met over the weekend to vote on their party platform. In their “Fight to Keep Texas Red,” they have embraced many positions: in the seven pages (!) of contents, they cover everything from jury reform to free trade to the Confederate Widow’s Plaque to “the freedom to continue to use and manufacture incandescent light bulbs.” Seriously.
But perhaps the most controversial plank in this rotting deck of a platform is the support of “reparative therapy” for gay Texans. Despite the lack of any legitimate scientific data and the opposition of every major medical organization, the Texas GOP still wants to pray away the gay. The platform section reads:
“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. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.”
That last bit is in there because two states — California and New Jersey — have recognized that this sort of “therapy” is harmful to minors, and have banned it. Yes, Chris Christie signed the ban; if “Bridge-gate” hasn’t torpedoed his 2016 presidential hopes, this surely will.
The American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association all hold that this “therapy” is, at best, useless and, at worst, harmful. But Texas Republicans don’t care that elitist medical groups say that praying and beating on pillows won’t remove the gay-ness. Because it’s a choice, says Cathie Adams, president of the conservative Texas Eagle Forum:
“I do not think homosexuals are born as homosexuals. To say this is an unchangeable thing, there are too many people who’ve changed their mind about homosexuality. No one can change the color of their skin or change the place they’re born, but they can definitely choose their lifestyles.”
It should be pointed out that Ms. Adams is not a physician, psychiatrist or therapist. She’s just a bigot, who makes herself feel better by convincing herself, and others, that being gay is a conscious decision. Makes it that much easier to persecute them. We know that being gay is not a choice, but being a Texas Republican is.
The Texas Young Republicans have been vocal about their dismay regarding the current platform. They believe that the document, at 30 pages, is too long and doesn’t adequately represent the state party. With over 250 items, the TYR believes that the platform has wandered much further afield than is needed and sometimes it even contradicts itself. The TYRs think all the platform really needs to state is support for a democratic republic, less government and more efficient government. Everything else, says TYR chairman Richard Morgan is “… cannon fodder for the left.”
As it is, the Texas GOP is still made up of mostly white, Christian males. Though the younger members try to impose modernity upon them, the old guard clings to their positions. Those positions are becoming more and more archaic. But, as long as the Texas Republican party codifies bigotry, we on the left must continue to point it out. Keep your powder dry, folks.
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