GOP leaders who want to reach out to gays in Georgia should take heed on how their Lone Star State counterparts are approaching that particular constituency.
The Texas Republican Party now endorses so-called “reparative therapy” for gays, under a platform approved at its annual convention Saturday night.
The AP is reporting that one group called Texas Eagle Forum urged the party to support psychological treatments to turn gay people straight.
All of this comes after Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last fall signed a law banning such therapies on minors, and California has a similar law.
The Texas GOP recognizes “the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle,” the new platform statement said.
The American Psychological Association has condemned such counseling, saying the practice should not be used on minors because of the danger of psychological harm.
At the convention, gay conservatives did win the removal of decades-old language in the state party platform that states, “homosexuality tears at the fabric of society.”