[Ed. – Now, this seems like a no-brainer to me. Government cannot possibly decide the question of whether people should seek therapy of this kind, or whether practitioners should offer it. Government should just stay out of it. Naturally, the left is lying through its teeth about what the Texas GOP is doing here, which isn’t calling for a “gay cure” but affirming that the state shouldn’t prohibit the therapy. It is a good question whether there’s a need for the party to express a positive view of the therapy, as the platform’s final language does. That said, party platforms are stuffed full of positions on social issues that voters of a more libertarian bent would find superfluous. I can’t get overly exercised about this one.]
The Texas GOP Platform committee has approved language in the 2014 Texas Republican Platform to prohibit Texas from creating laws to ban reparative therapy when such treatment is sought by a patient. Other states, like California and New Jersey have passed laws that interfere in the doctor or therapist-relationship.
While the GOP’s proposed language is undoubtedly controversial, there has been a dramatic misrepresentation of the GOP’s new platform. LGBTQ Nation, The Wire, The Daily KOS, and countless other news organizations have written articles suggesting that by embracing this plank, the GOP is advocating for a cure to homosexuality. Many of these articles feature the word ‘gay cure’ quoted in their headlines, suggesting that they are quoting from the platform. Though the GOP’s new plank endorsing ex-gay therapy, the word ‘cure’ does not appear anywhere in the platform. …
Sandwiched in between an amendment that condemns human trafficking and an amendment that encourages the enforcement of pornography laws, the new platform includes language that advocates for ex-gay therapy; a supposed medical treatment for homosexuality.
“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,” reads the platform’s first draft.
Breitbart Texas news contributor Bob Price attended both the Temporary Platform Committee meeting and the Thursday night Permanent Platform Committee meeting. “The debate about the reparative therapy plank,” Price said, “centered around not allowing the state of Texas to pass any law that would prohibit someone who is seeking counseling or therapy from a doctor or therapist to be able to obtain treatment they desire.”
“Members of the committee heard testimony from convention delegates,” Price continued, “who testified strongly for and against the issue. Many amendments were offered to attempt to soften the language but those failed on a near evenly split vote of the committee.”