Supporting Freedom: The truth about ‘Reparative Therapy” in the RPT Platform

Counselling and SupportThe 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.

Our belief, supported by most Texans, is that government should not ban access to this type of therapy when it is voluntarily sought. In Texas, everyone should have the right to consult with their counselor and determine the best counseling available regarding their circumstances, including struggles with sexuality.

Texans believe in freedom and reject attempts by government to interfere in the decisions of parents, counselors, and minors seeking healing from homosexual desires that do no align with their faith, conscience or values.

The reality is that people can leave the homosexual lifestyle behind. As Dr. Christopher Doyle states in his recent piece on this issue:

 “The truth is, some individuals can change who they love, and who they are attracted to – my experience of change from homosexual to heterosexual proves this – and today, I am married to a beautiful woman and we have three children.”

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