From the Associated Press...
Under the new proposed plank, the Texas GOP will "recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle."
Now it's pretty much accepted that this so-called "pray the Gay away" therapy doesn't work. Just ask any psychiatrist who doesn't use leeches to suck out evil spirits from the brains of their patients. Still, conservatives like to regale their evangelical constituents with stories of the nameless, faceless "ex-gay" who has been "freed from the sin of homosexuality" by reparative therapy. Cathie Adams, leader of the Tea-Party group "Texas Eagle Forum", urged the Texas Republican Convention to insert the anti-gay language after hearing from a man who she says has "benefited" from having the Gay "prayed" out of him.
"He knows what he's talking about. He is one of those who has benefited," Adams said. "I think the majority of Texans feel that way too. It's not like this is mandatory. This is only a voluntary program."
Right. And all those "godless homos" in Texas are just volunteering around the block to have Bible verses screamed at them, and to be made to feel less than nothing because they took an extra long peek in the locker room.
Given the increasing acceptance of homosexuality in this country it's a wonder that Republicans still get raging conserva-boners over something that most Americans are either ok with or could give two shits about. Even more often, I've wondered just why there are Gay Republicans who tolerate a party that openly resents and despises them (a question I ask in more detail HERE).
The Texas Republican Convention has long been unfriendly territory for gays, even conservative ones. For years, the party has refused to let gay GOP organizations rent booths in the convention hall.
"I really beg my social conservative colleagues to let this issue go," said Rudy Oeftering, a Dallas businessman and vice president of the gay Republican group Metroplex Republicans. "It's your opinion. It's your belief — but it's my life."
Sadly, it doesn't look like these social conservatives are going to let this go anytime soon.
Full story courtesy of ABC News.com