GOP adopts “cure gays” platform plank

The Republican party today adopted a platform plank in support of anti-gay “conversion therapy,” TIME magazine’s Zeke Miller reported today.

Conversion therapy is based on the debunked theory that you can “pray away the gay.” (Hint: You can’t.)

The Republicans’ embrace of a “gay cure” in the party platform comes on the heels of language inserted this morning that in effect bans transgender people from using public bathrooms.

The GOP is fighting quite the anachronistic battle in embracing the notion that you can cure someone’s homosexuality. Not only has the practice been debunked and denounced by all the credible medical groups, but it’s even been rebuked by many of the very groups that used to practice the “cure.” In 2011, the world’s top “ex-gay” confessed that he was still gay. And in 2013, the lead international “ex-gay” group, Exodus International, closed its doors and issued a public apology to the gay community.

So it’s a little odd that the GOP is today, in 2016, embracing an issue that’s already, for all intents and purposes, over.

The amendment to the platform, which was accepted by the subcommittee, was offered by Tony Perkins, the head of the officially-designated hate group Family Research Council. It’s no wonder that Perkins is still trying to gay-bash in the GOP platform, but why would the Republican party let him?

As I’ve said before, party platforms serve one purpose: to embarrass the party. And God bless Tony Perkins for reminding the American people once again about just how hateful and intolerance the Republican party remains.

No, thank you.

(h/t David Badash)

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  • shydreamguy wantsaboyfriend

    The New version of the Republican party are mostly Nazis

  • UncleBucky

    Who here is Log-Cabin Republican?

    Is it really the case that LCR’s are silent as the proverbial “deer in the headlights”?

  • goulo

    I’ve been looking for it online, but their official website seems to only make the 2012 platform available, even though I keep seeing news articles saying that they have “released” the new 2016 platform. :/

    https://gop.com/platform/

  • goulo
  • Jay

    by anyone with a brain

  • joy green

    So, in reality, this just gets the votes from the unintelligent backward thinking people who believe incorrectly, that LGBT is not natural while enraging the higher intelligent people who simply wanted a valid platform to consider when deciding whom to vote for…

    Well played you horrible republicans! Pirates, they are! The lot of them!!! fongool

  • doug dash

    Republicans should concentrate on a cure for all of the hate, greed, and insecurity of white men instead of gays.

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  • Alienbrother

    I am absolutely stunned at what comes out of America on a daily basis. Stunned, I tells ya, stunned. Does the USA even realize, thanks largely to the Republicans, it is a laughing stock around the world right now? I have always said it, and apologies to those enlightened US citizens, but the USA is exactly the same as one of those ‘fag’ hating (even though they all do it behind closed doors) religious zealot kind of countries, but under the guise – the very thin guise it seems of late’ – of so called civility. I can’t believe I used to want to live in the USA. I puke at the very thought of such a concept today.

  • Social conservatives dominated the committee. It isn’t some conspiracy to undermine the party. It’s what the delegates want. The media keeps perpetuating the myth that there is a moderate (socially liberal, fiscally conservative) wing of the party. There are some individual Republicans with that view, but not that many and they have no pull or sway in today’s Republican party.

  • jlsdunn

    Can you point me to the section of the GOP platform where this appears?

  • Viir Exeter

    Hey, Repubs, look to “curing” your anti-gay “Traditional Family Values” Duggars and Hasterts first,
    before looking at us gays. Oh, and if you want to look to GAYS, all you have to do is look within your OWN Republican Party of Hate. You’ve got wall-to-wall GAYS there, honies. Just like Dorothy, you needn’t look any further than your own backyard:

    As far as Republicans and religion are concerned, Republicans are the biggest hypocrites on the planet, spouting “religion” this, and “God” that, and marriage is the holy matrimony ONLY between a man and a woman, lobby for and pass anti-gay legislation and then go have intercourse and relationships with men and boys behind their wives’ backs.

    Top 15 Anti-Gay Activists Caught Being Gay

    http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-anti-gay-activists-caught-being-gay/joanne

  • Tom McLachlin

    ? Is this a poison pill policy which has been inserted by the GOP to undermine Dangerous Donnie ? The GOP can’t tolerate explicit rebellion against a candidate who won their primary, but they can make him look unappealing to as many people as possible.
    OR
    Is the GOP of 2016 a magnet for BATSHIT crazy fanatics?
    It is one or the other.

  • geek49203

    Funny, no one else says “adopt”. They say “introduced”. Oh, and its not like the Dems have any moral issues with their current plank (ie, abortion until the time the baby exist the birth canal), right?

  • Morgan

    I seem to recall President Obama cutting off the funding for ALL “ex gay” therapies. So why are the PUKES wasting their time over this? Oh, I get it–THAT way, they don’t actually have to WORK. Got it. Remember, folks–OUR tax dollars NOT hard at work! :(

  • Ann

    Close they opted to insert teaching the bible as American History in all schools.

  • JS

    I don’t see any comments from Bernie supporters saying they are still voting for Trump. This is a good thing.

  • cuteizzy21

    The idea is, if you can control people’s sex lives, you can control them.

  • I’m sure that’s coming — probably in the guise of “teaching the controversy” about evolution.

  • Benji

    This political party is doing its damnest to destroy itself.

  • Porkins

    Lots of gay republicans, most of them are deep in the closet. They sure do love that forbidden fruit lol.

  • UncleBucky

    Any Log Cabbiners here? Whatcha gonna do, where you gonna go, bad boys (and bad girls)???

  • UncleBucky

    I wouldn’t trust Tony Perkins with a flashlight to show me where to step on a clean sidewalk.

  • Kathleen Stoughton-Trahan

    Just more evidence that the GOP has lost it frecking mind…

  • oldman66

    OK. Republicans hate gays. We already knew that.

  • Zorba

    The Republican Party- busy trying to take us back to the middle of the last century, if not before.
    And they have all been frothing at the mouth about ISIS and other conservative Muslim groups that are trying to institute Sharia law?
    Our very own right-wingers would love to institute Christian Sharia law in this country.
    As Molly Ivins used to call them, they are “Talibaptists.” Or Isisbaptists. Or Bokoharambaptists. Or AlShabaabbaptists.
    Or choose your poison. I just don’t see a whole hell of a lot of difference between the radical Christianists and the radical Islamists.

  • Zorba

    And I have been a proud donator to the Southern Poverty Law Center for many years now.

  • So what else is new for the GOP? Or rather, the same.

    They say sexual orientation is a choice or a “lifestyle”, except the science shows it’s not. Same thing with gender identity.

    They claim gay and lesbian couples cannot be good parents. Except that’s not true either, they can.

    They claim sexual orientation can be changed through psychotherapy or prayer. It can’t.

    And they claim their pro-religion positions regarding LGBT issues has nothing to do with being anti-LGBT — but they are.

    Oh, and Donald Jizztrumpet Trump is a lying, hypocritical panderer who is loathed by nearly all of the minority groups he says love him…but you all already knew that.

  • Thom Schnarre

    So they’ve adapted a “treatment” that EVERY MEDICAL BODY SAYS IS HARMFUL???? Why would ANYONE VOTE FOR THESE IDIOTS? Vote them out!

  • The URL of the hyperlink from the words “officially designated hate group” were supposed to be a clue ;-)

  • Updated the link to Zeke’s story.

  • Theo McKinney

    The Party of Trumpenstein:

    Trampled civil rights, and government sanctioned sexual torture mills for teens, presented as morality and medical science. Meanwhile, climate change is imaginary and gun control is completely unnecessary.

    I am beyond outraged. Anyone who thinks this plank represents their view has already gone to hell without any further “bon voyage” wishes from me.

    But go to Hell.

    Today’s GOP is a DISGRACE.

  • ANB2015

    Stoopid GOP. Everyone knows homosexuality is caused by an imbalance of bodily humours, and can only be remedied by the moon. Jeesh!

  • Johnjon

    they should pray themselves away………………… sick of this B.S.

  • goulo

    They should adopt platform planks in support of creationism and a flat earth while they’re at it.

  • gratuitous

    Gee, I hope the Log Cabin Republicans don’t hear about this. It might make them feel bad.

  • The Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center are the two main non-profits who assess and determine what qualifies as a hate group, but there are others. And the FBI makes use of their recommendations for determining what constitutes a hate crime.

  • @disqus_XDibXcCqhU

    John, You use the words “officially-designated hate group Family Research Council”
    By whom was it officially designated?
    Thank you

  • andyou

    It’s like these people actively want to lose.

  • REODELL

    A day late and a dollar short still not going to do it. This is the repubs idea of “inclusiveness” to the gays. “We will let you into our tea party if you convert to heterosexual.” And christian.

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