In an enormous step into the dark ages, the newly adopted platform of the Texas Republican Party now officially declares that homosexuality is an “abnormal selection.”
The shocking platform, voted on by 5,100 delegates and alternates Saturday on the party’s biennial convention in Houston, also affirms Texas Republicans’ opposition to “all efforts to validate transgender identity” ― and calls for a ban on any gender-affirming medical care, including hormone therapy, for anyone under the age of 21.
Yet the platform supports debunked and dangerous conversion therapy — which it terms “Reintegrative Therapy” — to show members of the LGBTQ community into heterosexuals and eliminate “unwanted same-sex attraction.”
The platform spells out other positions explicitly against the LGBTQ community under its section on “Homosexuality and Gender Issues.” It opposes offering any special protections for members of the LGBTQ community, and renounces penalties for individuals who discriminate against the community.
Delegates on the convention were peppered with flyers attacking the LGBTQ community, including one warning: “Watch out for the Homosexual Agenda.”
I often hear Republicans say they intend to make a “larger tent” and to be more inclusive.
— Sergio Martínez-Beltrán (@SergioMarBel) June 17, 2022
In a tepid denunciation, Chris Halbohn of the Log Cabin Republicans of Houston, which represents LGBTQ members of the party, called the anti-LGBTQ language an “unnecessarily gratuitous” addition to the party’s platform, in keeping with National Public Radio affiliate KUT 90.5.
The Log Cabin Republicans of Texas were denied a booth on the convention, prompting the national Log Cabin organization to denounce the motion as “narrow-minded” and “political short-sighted.” The statement warned that the party must “expand the tent” to incorporate members of the LGBTQ community or face election losses.
Even Donald Trump Jr. said in an interview that it made no sense to attack fellow Republicans.
“Inclusion wins, which makes the Texas Republican Party leadership’s decision to exclude the Texas Log Cabin Republicans from their convention not only narrow-minded, but politically short-sighted.” pic.twitter.com/vp1UAZJZtn
— Log Cabin Republicans (@LogCabinGOP) June 17, 2022
But one GOP precinct chair told the radio station that the Log Cabin Republicans’ ideas are “quite frankly, evil.” Their “ideals will destroy our society,” he added.
The LGBTQ community is the brand new laser focus of the right-wing within the increasingly hostile ― and violent ― culture wars. Earlier this month, Idaho police arrested 31 members of the Patriot Front hate group who were crammed right into a U-Haul truck wearing riot gear as they were heading to disrupt a Pride event in downtown Coeur D’Alene.
In other platform issues, party delegates voted to support barring the teaching of sex and sexuality in schools while calling on Texas schools to show the “dignity of the preborn human” and that life begins at fertilization.
Delegates also declared Joe Biden’s presidential election victory illegitimate.