|The Truth about ‘Reparative Therapy’ in the RPT Platform
The media’s pro-LGBT bias is raising its ugly head once again. The mainstream media and pro-homosexual activists have been up in arms over the platform language passed this weekend at the Texas GOP Convention. With headlines like “Texas Republicans vote to adopt gay conversion policy” and “Texas Republican Party Adopts Discredited ‘Reparative Therapy’ for Gays” one is left to think Republicans in Texas are supporting mandatory, forced therapy to force gays to become straight.
The stories you have read are false. The Texas GOP simply adopted a straight forward plank that protects freedom and parental rights by allowing Texans to seek the counseling they desire, free from government interference. The actual language of the platform reads:
“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. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.”
This plank was in direct response to laws passed by California and New Jersey, and now introduced in several other states, that ban any counseling for minors who seek healing from the homosexual lifestyle. Read more.
MEDIA ALERT: Tune in tonight at 7 PM (CST) to Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN. State Rep. Bryan Hughes, a family values leader, will be addressing this issue. Please join us in praying for Rep. Hughes as he shares the truth.
|Texans Declaring their Support for Marriage
This last week, Texas Values hosted a booth at the RPT Convention in Fort Worth and promoted our mission of faith, family, and freedom to the several thousand that were in attendance. Hundreds of attendees joined in our effort to defend marriage in Texas by signing the Texas Marriage Declaration and nearly 1,000 attended the “Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally” that featured speeches by Ted Cruz, Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton, and our president Jonathan Saenz.
Sadly, around the country an out of control and activist federal government and judiciary is engaged in a massive state-by-state effort to redefine marriage. These radical efforts threaten the rule of law and Texans’ fundamental right to self-governance. Further, those seeking to redefine marriage want to force everyone to celebrate the homosexual lifestyle and seek to trample the religious liberty rights of individuals, businesses, and churches. It is time for Texans to commit to boldly stand for marriage and for Texas’ right to self-governance. Join the fight for marriage – sign the Texas Marriage Declaration today at TexasMarriageDeclaration.com.
TXDOT Bans Ten Commandments Sign
The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) has banned a Ten Commandments sign on Hemphill, TX resident Jeanette Golden’s private property stating “the sign cannot be permitted.” Our friends at Liberty Institute are defending the religious liberty rights of this Texas citizen and have sent a demand letter TXDOT explaining that the ban violates Mrs. Golden’s right to freedom of religious expression, specifically the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act (TRFRA) and the United States and Texas Constitutions. Read more.
|Internships Available for Texas Values in Austin
Do you share our passion for securing religious liberty, protecting marriage and family, and defending the unborn? The Texas Values team is seeking motivated individuals to intern and volunteer in our Austin office for our growing efforts. Interns must have a passion to promote biblical values and have a desire to learn more about public policy and the political process in Texas. Find out more.
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