Texas' GOP Convention: (maybe) One Step Forward, (at least) One Step Back (UPDATE: Look Who Wrote the Ex-Gay Platform!)

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    Jun 05, 2014 7:50 PM GMT
    (all links via the excellent Joe.My.God.)

    http://www.dallasvoice.com/texas-republican-platform-committee-removed-worst-anti-gay-language-10173989.html

    Dallas VoiceMetroplex Republicans President Rob Schlein reported from the Republican state convention in Fort Worth that wording his organization wanted removed from the platform is gone.

    “Good news!” Schlein wrote. “Platform subcommittee votes unanimously to remove the hateful antigay language in the platform.”

    The removed language read: "Homosexuality ― We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans."


    Well... that sounds mighty encouraging! The full convention gets a chance to vote on the full platform with the ixne'd language TONIGHT! What a positive devel... wait, what's that you say, Right Wing Watch?

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/texas-gop-debates-whether-remove-anti-gay-language-platform-risk-demise-society

    Right Wing WatchAnd in any case, the subcommittee appears to have kept the rest of the party’s anti-gay plank, which contains the actual policy prohibitions against equality, along with plenty of pointed scare quotes:


    Texas GOPhersHomosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle, in public policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values.


    Well, I mean, c'mon, baby steps here. Rome wasn't built in a day, amirite? I mean, one minute you allow men to have sex with men, the next minute those men are riding elephants, or something ridiculous like that...

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    I mean, give these guys a break! It's not like they're ADDING anythi... wait, what's that you say, Houston Chronicle?

    Houston ChronicleHowever, delegates have inserted language that supports therapy or treatment to “escape from the homosexual lifestyle.”


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    Texas GOPhers“We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle.

    No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.”


    Well! Surely somebody's not gonna just let THAT fly.

    Houston ChronicleNote: This change drew some ire during testimony Thursday morning...


    Sounds promising! Go on...

    Houston Chronicle...with at least one delegate imploring the committee to return to the platform language about homosexuality tearing at the fabric of society.


    Yeeeeee-ha!

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    Poor Rob Schlein. Can somebody take him out tonight for some Chicken Fried Steak or somethin'?
  • tazzari

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    Jun 05, 2014 9:41 PM GMT
    is there a cure for republicanism? Surely you can pray it away!
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    Jun 05, 2014 9:49 PM GMT
    tazzari saidis there a cure for republicanism? Surely you can pray it away!


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    Jun 05, 2014 11:19 PM GMT
    Ugh! Y'all got me again! icon_lol.gif

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3844674/

    (metta at least snuck it in a different thread, though!) icon_biggrin.gif

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3844710/
  • metta

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    Jun 05, 2014 11:35 PM GMT
    ^
    I deleted it. icon_biggrin.gif

    Texas GOP Platform Promotes Dangerous 'Ex-Gay' Quackery
    Read more at
    http://www.bilerico.com/2014/06/texas_gop_platform_promotes_dangerous_ex-gay_quack.php
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    Jun 06, 2014 1:35 AM GMT
    The leaders on the Right

    Are not too Bright


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  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 06, 2014 1:43 AM GMT
    Its Texas, the lone star shithole that should be permanently booted out of the union. The hatred in its politics doesn't shock me in the least. Texas has become America's Uganda.
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    Jun 06, 2014 1:49 AM GMT
    A half-step forward again! The dance is now called the Texas Half-Step! The article mentions nothing about the other stuff, though!

    http://www.wfaa.com/news/texas-news/Texas-GOP-changes-language-on-homosexuality-262052911.html

    WFAA-TVFORT WORTH -- The Texas Republican party has softened language in its platform on homosexuality.

    "I didn't see any reason to use language that people might interpret as mean-spirited," said Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri.

    A temporary platform committee on Wednesday night removed the phrase: "We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of our society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country's founders and shared by the majority..."

    After gay conservatives were denied a booth in the exhibit hall for the convention, Rudy Oeftering called the change in the platform an "encouraging sign."

    "Demographically, you just can't continue to have the same demographic you have today and win elections in the future. The Republican party has to change in Texas," Oeftering said.


    ...and this...

    WFAA-TVThough a temporary platform committee removed the language on homosexuality on Wednesday night, it could still be restored before the final platform is adopted on Saturday.

    Delegates will vote on the final platform late Saturday morning before the convention ends.
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    Jun 06, 2014 7:04 PM GMT
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  • metta

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    Jun 06, 2014 8:33 PM GMT
    Gay Republicans may surrender on ‘gay cure therapy’ in fear of tougher platform

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/06/gay-republicans-may-surrender-on-gay-cure-therapy-in-fear-of-tougher-platform/

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    Jun 06, 2014 8:35 PM GMT
    metta8 saidGay Republicans may surrender on ‘gay cure therapy’ in fear of tougher platform

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/06/gay-republicans-may-surrender-on-gay-cure-therapy-in-fear-of-tougher-platform/

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  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 07, 2014 1:50 AM GMT
    It really doesn't matter because the right wing of the GOP is going to continue to rule the lone star shithole of Texas.
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    Jun 08, 2014 3:35 PM GMT
    The "homosexuality tears at the fabric of society" part is OUT, and the "don't redefine family to include gay couples," "no special legal entitlements" and "don't ban ex-gay quackery, because freedumb" parts are in.

    Somebody, please send Rob Schlein a Hallmark card. This guy, too.

    http://790talknow.com/foxfeedspro/details/item_121419/hellfire-and-brimstone-fly-over-gays-at-texas-gop-convention/

    via Breitbart Texas (no way am I clicking on the actual links)Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans, Gregory T. Angelo, spoke to Breitbart Texas reporters saying he fears that perpetuating such anti-gay sentiments will deter people, especially Millennials, from voting Republican. Angelo referred to the new language of homosexuality as “divisive and harmful.”

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    “The Texas state GOP platform is rather unique as state party platforms go” said Angelo. “Instead of being a list of core principles that conservatives can coalesce around, it has become a kitchen sink list of law that members of the platform committee would like to see passed. For example, the platform also advocates for the consumption of raw milk. There is an element of absurdity in all of this. What is not absurd however, is that anti-gay language like this will only serve to alienate people who would vote republican but for nonsense like this.”

    Angelo told Breitbart Texas that the Log Cabin Republicans have not yet released a statement either celebrating the removal of the old language or condemning the addition of ex-gay therapy language as to “not give the left fodder to hurt the Republican party.”


    Looks like they're screwing themselves perfectly fine with or without your "fodder," Greggo!
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    Jun 08, 2014 4:25 PM GMT
    dayumm saidThe "homosexuality tears at the fabric of society" part is OUT, and the "don't redefine family to include gay couples," "no special legal entitlements" and "don't ban ex-gay quackery, because freedumb" parts are in.

    Somebody, please send Rob Schlein a Hallmark card. This guy, too.

    http://790talknow.com/foxfeedspro/details/item_121419/hellfire-and-brimstone-fly-over-gays-at-texas-gop-convention/

    via Breitbart Texas (no way am I clicking on the actual links)Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans, Gregory T. Angelo, spoke to Breitbart Texas reporters saying he fears that perpetuating such anti-gay sentiments will deter people, especially Millennials, from voting Republican. Angelo referred to the new language of homosexuality as “divisive and harmful.”

    (snip)

    “The Texas state GOP platform is rather unique as state party platforms go” said Angelo. “Instead of being a list of core principles that conservatives can coalesce around, it has become a kitchen sink list of law that members of the platform committee would like to see passed. For example, the platform also advocates for the consumption of raw milk. There is an element of absurdity in all of this. What is not absurd however, is that anti-gay language like this will only serve to alienate people who would vote republican but for nonsense like this.”

    Angelo told Breitbart Texas that the Log Cabin Republicans have not yet released a statement either celebrating the removal of the old language or condemning the addition of ex-gay therapy language as to “not give the left fodder to hurt the Republican party.”


    Looks like they're screwing themselves perfectly fine with or without your "fodder," Greggo!
    Most Texas millennials are conservative right wingers due to years of indoctrination from their religious, right wing parents. So the fear is largely unfounded. The only millennial voters in Texas that will vote against the GOP are the migrants from other states, you know the damned Yankees and the hated Californians.
  • metta

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    Jun 12, 2014 2:47 PM GMT
    Anderson debates Texas GOPer on reparative therapy




    Anderson Cooper dismantles TX Republican’s defense of discredited ‘ex-gay therapy’

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/11/anderson-cooper-dismantles-tx-republicans-defense-of-discredited-ex-gay-therapy/
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    Jun 12, 2014 11:24 PM GMT
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    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2014/06/heres-2006-ad-for-dallas-titty-bar.html

    Oh, dem Familee Valyues!

    Joe.My.God.Here's A 2006 Ad For A Dallas Titty Bar Starring The Christian Who Wrote The Texas GOP "Ex-Gay" Plank

    Lone Star Q identified the author of the Texas GOP "ex-gay" plank as Jeremy Joel, but his IMDB profile lists him as Jeremy Schwab. Via a JMG reader, watch Joel/Schwab star in the below 2006 ad for the Dallas titty bar The Lodge, where you can play poker while topless women hang upside down from stripper poles - among other things.


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    Oh, I bet you'd like to Hold 'Em, wouldn't ya, Texas? icon_twisted.gif And WHAT day of the week is that up there? For shame! For shame! Keep your lil' Poker to yourself, Jeremy Joel!



    Now, one might argue that could "tear at the fabric of society"... were there any fabric involved! icon_lol.gif


    But wait... there's more!

    http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2014/06/texas-ex-gay-plank-was-proposed-by-man.html

    Joe.My.God.Lone Star Q reports that the "ex-gay" plank inserted in into the Texas GOP party platform last week was proposed by a local man (Jeremy Joel) who renounced his homosexuality with the help of NARTH.

    Joel claims that NARTH founder Joseph Nicolosi referred him to the infamous Journey Into Manhood retreat, where he reduced his attraction to men by 50% in just one weekend. Uh huh.


    After three weekends, you're 150% straight, you see... so then you can play poker around swinging ta-tas all day! icon_lol.gif
  • metta

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    Jun 14, 2014 6:30 PM GMT
    The “ex-gay” man, former Log Cabin Republican, behind the Texas GOP’s reparative therapy plank wants to hear from you

    http://www.lonestarq.com/ex-gay-man-behind-reparative-therapy-plank-says-hes-fat-food-replaced-sexual-sin/
  • metta

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    Jun 16, 2014 8:02 PM GMT
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    The Texas Republican Party has endorsed so-called "conversion therapy" for gay people. This isn't just scientifically impossible--it's harmful to gay Americans who deserve to be treated with respect. http://www.hrc.org/TexasGOP
  • metta

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    Jun 17, 2014 1:56 AM GMT
    Republican Greg Abbott linked to anti-gay hate groups that advocate reparative therapy

    http://www.lonestarq.com/republican-greg-abbott-linked-anti-gay-hate-groups-advocate-reparative-therapy/
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    Jun 17, 2014 2:26 AM GMT
    dayumm said
    Angelo told Breitbart Texas that the Log Cabin Republicans have not yet released a statement either celebrating the removal of the old language or condemning the addition of ex-gay therapy language as to “not give the left fodder to hurt the Republican party.”


    Looks like they're screwing themselves perfectly fine with or without your "fodder," Greggo!

    Wow! Mindfuck much? Curbing fodder for the Left is more important than LGBT Equality? WTF?!
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    Jun 17, 2014 12:42 PM GMT
    metta8 saidRepublican Greg Abbott linked to anti-gay hate groups that advocate reparative therapy

    http://www.lonestarq.com/republican-greg-abbott-linked-anti-gay-hate-groups-advocate-reparative-therapy/


    Jeremy, you're so vain. You probably think this issue's about YOU...

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    Yeah... I'm betting SOMEBODY's got a RJ profile laying around somewhere...

    Lone Star QIn response to my post, which featured a shirtless photo from his IMDb acting profile, Schwab wrote the following on Lone Star Q’s Facebook page (screen grab above):

    This picture was taken about 7 years ago. It was BEFORE I came back to the Lord. I do not pose for pictures like this anyone for a variety of reasons – including the sin of vanity. Also though, (as some have pointed out). I think in some ways food replaced sexual sin for me and now I can’t even get into my OWN pants. Anyway, I pray that you all have a blessed day. I usually don’t see this facebook page, but if you’d like to dialogue more about this platform plank and this significance in plays in protecting freedom of conscience for ALLespecially for many youth who consciously CHOOSE (of their own accord) to benefit from Reparative Therapy and other forms of emotional healing, please email me directly...”


    Asking a dumb question out loud here, but isn't almost all "Therapy" intended to be "Reparative?" Nobody's come up with Destructive Therapy, have they? If they did, this so-called "therapy" would be closest to that definition.

    Lone Star Q...we just thought of a good follow-up question for Gov. Rick Perry, who recently compared homosexuality to alcoholism: Mr. governor, do you believe it’s possible for people to eat their way out of being gay?


    So in a nutshell, he thought he was a sexy model and was gonna be Texas' answer to Brad Pitt, but the "market" thought otherwise. Then he partook in too much of Texas' finest cuisine and got tubby. Then, his true vanity issues caused him to seek out a different way to make a name for himself. Thus... "ex-gay"... for Jeebus! After all, look what "ex-skinny" did for Jerry Falwell!

    Ex-Gay? Or is that XXX-Gay? As Lone Star Q notes, he claimed he's been gay-free since 2009, but in a 2011 post on Warren Throckmorton's blog, he contradicted himself by placing his last mano y mano sexual activity around the end of 2010.

    And, once again, poor, poor Rob Schlein. Did he ALREADY step down from LCR? And to think, his month started out so well!

    Lone Star QAccording to Rob Schlein, former president of Log Cabin Republicans of Dallas, Schwab was a member of the group before becoming ex-gay.

    “He was in LCR for a time and even attended a party at my house with boyfriend,” Schlein wrote.


    With friends like these...
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    Jun 18, 2014 7:17 PM GMT



    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2014/06/jon-stewart-lampoons-texas-gops-endorsement-of-gay-cure-therapy/
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    Jun 19, 2014 3:53 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidWow! Mindfuck much? Curbing fodder for the Left is more important than LGBT Equality? WTF?!


    honestly, it doesn't sound much different than declaring you're going to oppose everything the president tries to do even before he takes office.

    i don't know why it's so hyper-partisan or when it got that way; i only know that one side is seriously trying to fuck me over because i'm gay icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 19, 2014 8:16 PM GMT
    Texas GOP Chairman Munisteri Speaks Out Against Reparative Therapy

    http://tpr.org/post/texas-gop-chairman-munisteri-speaks-out-against-reparative-therapy
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    Jun 19, 2014 9:49 PM GMT
    metta8 saidTexas GOP Chairman Munisteri Speaks Out Against Reparative Therapy

    http://tpr.org/post/texas-gop-chairman-munisteri-speaks-out-against-reparative-therapy


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