The Texas Republican Party recently included a plank in its platform endorsing “ex-gay” therapy and the chairman of that party, Steve Munisteri, has paved the way for his own impending job loss by publicly coming out against the inclusion of that statement.
But he did address the inclusion of reparative therapy in the platform, saying he doesn’t believe you can convert a LGBT individual to a heterosexual by simply talking to them.
“And I just make the point for anybody that thinks that may be the possibility: Do they think they can take a straight person to a psychiatrist and turn them gay?” Munisteri said.
Munisteri said he’s not the only one who opposes this plank in the party’s platform.
“My emails and phone calls to the office are running overwhelmingly opposed to that plank in the platform,” Munisteri said.
Munisteri said a group of Republicans at the convention led by his predecessor, Cathie Adams, were able to pass the reparative therapy resolution using a parliamentary trick.“Because the way the platform works, once somebody calls the question on the platform it’s a parliamentary maneuver,” Munisteri said. “The delegates are really forced to pass the platform as is, because if you don’t there is no platform.”
A couple years ago, the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party endorsed same-sex marriage and soon found himself out of a job. I wouldn’t expect Munisteri to last as long. You do not buck the party line in the days of purity tests in the GOP, especially in Texas.