Fort Worth, TX, United States (4E) – Converting homosexual to heterosexual through therapy has been adopted as a new platform by the Texas Republican Party (TRP) during the last day of its convention on Saturday.
The adoption of the policy ahead of the 2016 presidential elections was confirmed in a second voting on the platform on Saturday at the Fort Worth Convention Center. About 7,000 of the 10,000 people attending the convention ratified the platform, which go against health organizations stance of not defining homosexuality as an illness.
The first voting on the platform was on Thursday.
The Texas Eagle Forum spearheaded the endorsement of the gay platform with the group’s leader, Cathie Adams, saying the platform provides that gay counseling be made available to those who choose it and not restricted by law.
With the approval, the TRP recognizes the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling to treat patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle.
California and New Jersey have laws outlawing therapy for gay minors. The laws are based on medical organizations’ position that no adequate scientific research exists to prove that therapy aimed at changing sexual orientation is safe or effective.
The American Psychological Association recognizes changing sexual orientations as a health risk that can cause depression, substance abuse, social withdrawal, decreased self-esteem and suicidal thoughts.
But Adams said a gay man revealed to her that he became straight after treatment.
“I do not think homosexuals are born as homosexuals,” Adams said, according to CNN. “To say this is an unchangeable thing, there are too many people who’ve changed their mind about homosexuality. No one can change the color of their skin or change the place they’re born, but they can definitely choose their lifestyles.”