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Texas GOP Chairman Comes Out Against Party Plank Endorsing Gay Conversion Therapy Published: June 23, 2014

The chairman of the Texas Republican Party said he doesn’t believe in discredited therapy aiming to turn gay people straight, or conversion therapy, which the state party endorsed in its new platform earlier this month, according to BuzzFeed.

Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri said not only does he oppose “reparative” or “conversion” therapy practices, but so do the majority of people calling and emailing his office in response to the addition of the party platform plank, according to Texas Public Radio.

According to the report, Munisteri questioned the legitimacy of the idea of turning a gay person straight, saying in part, “Do they think they can take a straight person to a psychiatrist and turn them gay?” Proponents of the therapy, however, were able to pass the new plank using a “parliamentary maneuver” at the party’s annual convention, he said.

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