Jeremy Schwab, the man responsible for putting the “reparative therapy” plank in the Texas Republican state party platform, claims to know “at least 500” people who have changed their sexuality. Schwab made the claim to the WFAA.
So Schwab, in essence, is saying he knows “at least” 500 bisexual people, since a gay person can no sooner change their orientation than a straight person can. Despite this reality, Schwab said that:
There are counsellors out there who help us overcome same-sex attraction by finding need fulfillment in other ways in our lives and by addressing emotional wounds, and for us that has reduced the same-sex attraction significantly.
For many of us, at least 500 people that I know that experience same-sex attraction, the gay lifestyle is just not an option for us, because of our own faith and our own values.
Meanwhile, the plank he introduced has not been very popular, even with his own party. Earlier in the week, Texas Republican chair, Steve Munisteri, claimed that the delegates didn’t have a choice but to pass the platform. He blamed a “loophole” in conference rules, saying that:
My emails and phone calls to the office from Republicans are running overwhelmingly opposed to that plank in the platform.
Because the way the platform works, once somebody calls the question on the platform it’s a parliamentary maneuver.
The delegates are really forced to pass the platform as is, because if you don’t there is no platform.
Last week, Schwab claimed to have replaced his own same-sex attraction with food. I’ll leave you to make of that what you will, but it’s no more believable than NOM’s claims that their failed anti-gay rally in DC had 10,000 people attending.
Here’s the clip with Schwab.
h/t Pink News