Texas GOP Backs Gay 'Reparative Therapy'
Other states' bans on conversion treatment a 'freedom issue'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 9, 2014 8:38 AM CDT
The Texas Republican Party is backing 'reparative' therapy for gay people.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Texas Republicans are officially in favor of "treatment" to turn gay people straight. "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," the party says in its newly approved platform. New Jersey and California have banned such counseling, a move the Texas party opposes: "No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy."

One of the platform's main supporters tells CNN it's "a freedom issue." "Nothing is mandatory," says Texas Eagle Forum head Cathie Adams, noting that the California and New Jersey bans are under litigation. "If a person chooses counseling, then it should be made available." The party didn't debate the language, which some conservatives were prepared to speak against, the AP notes. The American Medical Association and American Psychological Association are among groups opposed to such counseling, which are "based on a view of homosexuality that has been rejected by all the major mental health professions," the APA notes.

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Veritas
Jun 10, 2014 12:12 PM CDT
That is sooooo Gay
fractal
Jun 10, 2014 3:30 AM CDT
The real issue is when parents sign their kids up for this treatment.
Arthur Machado
Jun 9, 2014 8:45 PM CDT
I am pro gay marriage and gay rights, however, if a gay person seeks "counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle" because they no longer want to be gay why is it the job of the State to prevent that? I think the "healing and wholeness" language is unnecessarily combative but I do think people should be allowed to seek counseling on their sexual orientation and on changing it if they wish.