FORT WORTH — The Texas Republican Party now endorses so-called “reparative therapy” for gays, under a new platform given final approval at its annual convention Saturday.

The new anti-gay language never came up for debate before roughly 7,000 delegates ratified a Texas GOP platform that tea party groups succeeded in pushing further to the right, including winning a harder line on immigration.

One influential tea party group called Texas Eagle Forum had urged the party to support psychological treatments that seek to turn gay people straight. It comes after Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last fall signed a law banning such therapies on minors, and California has a similar law. Christie finished 11th in a 2016 presidential straw poll.

“There’s a very, very small group of people who want to keep the party in the past. We were here today to try to pull the party into the future,” said Rudy Oeftering, vice president of the gay conservative group Metroplex Republicans. “The only way the party can go into the future is to start listening to young people, to start listening to people who have gay family members.”

Oeftering and allies had lined up to speak against the therapy language that was added earlier this week. But they never got a chance to address delegates, because a parliamentary motion to approve the full platform was called first.

Under the new plank, 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 American Psychological Association and other major health organizations condemned such counseling, which generally try to change a person’s sexual orientation or to lessen their interest in engaging in same-sex sexual activity.

The groups said the practice should not be used on minors because of the danger of serious psychological harm.

“The platform reflects what the people in the Republican Party have asked for, and that should be no surprise: family values, protection of marriage between one man and one woman, and everything that goes along with that,” said Jonathan Saenz, president of the conservative group Texas Values and a convention delegate.

Gay conservatives did come away with a rare victory at the convention: Winning the removal of decades-old language in the state party platform that states, “homosexuality tears at the fabric of society.”

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I must respond to the blatant, one-sided approach that the Killeen Daily Herald has chosen to take in its recent publishing of two articles regarding Reparative and/or Conversion Therapy, with regard to LGBT issues. They are:

- Texas GOP Endorses 'Reparative Therapy' for Gays (June 8, 2014)
- LGBT Groups to GOP: 'We Don't Need Fixing' (July 6, 2014)

The language used in this quote from one of the articles expresses the extreme bias that I refer to:

"One influential tea party group called Texas Eagle Forum had urged the party to support psychological treatments that seek to turn gay people straight."

First of all, none of these programs “seek” to do anything, nor are these kinds of programs being "forced" upon anyone. These political LGBT groups well know this, and yet these are the exact kinds of deceiving implications that they make to support such intrusive laws.

Quite to the contrary, it is, in fact, these political LGBT groups who are attempting to force their wills and self-serving ideologies upon our society-at-large.

Making laws that cause it to become illegal for a person to seek out such self-defining therapy options is nothing but a deceptive, political ploy meant to legitimize that which cannot be realistically or logically legitimized by any other means—other than through the censorship and silencing of those of us who have been successful in our personal desire to leave these sexually addictive and misguided LGBT lifestyles behind us.

As a man who was once caught up into the lure of homosexual addictions and sexual behaviors, I am living proof of someone who is now living my life quite happily as a heterosexual with a traditional family. Therefore I find this kind of political spin and deceptive bias to be extremely hypocritical and offensive on your part!

How is it "tolerant," for example (a politically, over-used buzz word and crutch, consistently used by the LGBT political machine itself), to demand laws that, in fact, aspire to refuse to “tolerate” those of us who use our God-given, human right of self-determination to seek out such avenues of therapy? Yet that is exactly what these LGBT Groups have done in California and New Jersey, through their activist-minded legislators who take the law into their own hands, and subvert the logic and will of a vast majority of their represented citizenry.

Show me where any “homosexual” person in this day and age is being forced into such therapy… You can’t! And any reputable therapist who supports such therapy (or any other reputable therapy) will freely tell you that any therapy is only as effective as the personal inward desires of the individual who subjects his or her self to it, from within their own desire to experience restoration from homosexual behaviors.

In addition, the LGBT article cites the American Psychological Association (APA) as a reputable group that supports these extremely imposing laws. Since you neglected to, need I also point out how the APA itself has become nothing more than a politically-motivated organization, with no more credibility as an entity in my eyes than these LGBT groups have in speaking toward these issues?

Yet the APA still has this often neglected, self- admission in their favor, when it comes to telling the truth about homosexuality. The APA still freely admits within its own, up-to-date literature, “There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles; most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.”
- APA Website Link: What causes a person to have a particular sexual orientation?

Standing in opposition to the ideology and will of the LGBT political agenda is the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)—a well-fortified in numbers group of licensed counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists who support the freedom of people to have access to reparative therapy.

So, what is it that these LGBT political groups are actually so afraid of? I will tell you that they are afraid to face the fact of many people just like myself, who have been successful in leaving the homosexual life of sexual addictions behind us! They are afraid of the truth, because it blatantly confronts the deceiving lies that they have managed to subject society to, when it comes to gaining a complete understanding of the origins of homosexual behaviors. And they purposely avoid mentioning the very real possibility of genuine restoration within one’s sexual orientation, back to heterosexuality—especially when an individual freely desires that restoration from within their own heart and soul. But even that desire, according to these LGBT groups, is a reason to vehemently oppose the free will of such individuals.

My testimony and story is available in my book, “Beyond the Shades of Gray” (WestBow Press, publisher). The book is available to anyone who wants a clearer understanding of these issues, and is available through any reputable book retailer. My motivation is truth, not fortune, however, and so it is also available at no cost online, at

So, tell the whole story, Killeen Daily Herald! And stop deceiving the public with this homo-fascist, LGBT ideology that is being forced upon our society today.

Respectfully and Sincerely,

Dean Bailey
Author, Beyond the Shades of Gray

Chris Vogel

Republicans truly are the party of stupid, to which. being religious conservatives, they add arrogance, vanity, malice, and wilful ignorance. "Reparative therapy", and all other kinds of therapy to change sexual orientation are, of course a fraud, but they have the advantage that they do damage to the individuals they are inflicted on, and that is what their proponents want.

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