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First Draft Of Texas GOP Platform Supports 'Ex-Gay Therapy'

Updated: Thursday, June 5 2014, 04:10 PM CDT

Debate and controversy are swirling over the Texas Republican Party platform. The dispute centers on homosexuality and comes as the GOP kicks into full swing at their state convention in Fort Worth.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the first draft of their 2014 platform includes supporting "ex-gay therapy," or treating patients who want to "escape the homosexual lifestyle."

Meanwhile, other gay conservatives say they were turned away from setting up a booth at the convention.

"I would have loved to have been in here. As Metroplex and Log Cabin Republicans, we want to tell people gay Republicans are really Republicans," says Rudy Oeftering with Metroplex Republicans.

Cathie Adams heads the socially conservative group Texas Eagle Forum. She says homosexuals are welcome in the party and at the convention, but not to push their agenda.

"It's ok if you don't agree with everything. But it's not ok to say it's all about me. Everyone else has to stand up and take notice I'm special," she said.

But Oeftering is optimistic after he says a platform subcommittee stripped language from the platform saying the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of our society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit.

Another side bar drawing attention is a note posted on every door at the convention center telling people they can't openly carry their weapons inside the building. That would violate state law, because they serve alcohol.

First Draft Of Texas GOP Platform Supports 'Ex-Gay Therapy'


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