The Texas Republican Party moved one step closer endorsing the widely discredited practice of using therapy to "cure" LGBT people on Thursday. The language, which The Wire flagged yesterday when it appeared on a first draft of the state party's 2014 platform, would make it official state party policy to support "therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle."
As the Associated Press notes, 10,000 delegates in the state will take a final floor vote on the proposed 2014 platform on Saturday before the end of the Texas GOP's conference in Fort Worth. If the ex-gay therapy language makes it through to the final platform, Texas's Republican Party will endorse a practice that's been banned for minors in two states, New Jersey and California, due to concerns that the conversion therapy harms children. That's a concern backed up by the medical community: the American Psychological Association notes that partitioners of ex-gay therapy, sometimes called "reparative therapy," present a "serious potential to harm young people because they present the view that the sexual orientation of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth is a mental illness or disorder, and they often frame the inability to change one’s sexual orientation as a personal and moral failure." No mainstream medical or mental health organization designates an LGBT identity as a mental health issue.