‘Reparative therapy’ platform plank misunderstood, Republican delegate says

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 7:31 PM

DALLAS – For two weeks now, Jeremy Schwab has fought to clarify.

He's the Republican delegate behind the new platform's "reparative therapy" plank. Schwab said it's about protecting counseling as an option and not trying to "cure" anyone of homosexuality, as he explains in this blog post.

"There are counselors out there who help us overcome same-sex attraction by finding need fulfillment in other ways in our lives and by addressing emotional wounds, and that has reduced the same-sex attraction significantly," he explained.

Schwab said he lived 12 years as a gay man, but reduced his same sex attraction through prayer, counseling, and emotional healing.

"The gay lifestyle is just not an option for us, because of our own faith and our own values," he said.

But two weeks after reparative therapy made it into the state's Republican platform, some in the party are trying to distance themselves from it, including the State Republican Chairman Steve Munisteri.

"My e-mails and phone calls to the office from Republicans are running overwhelmingly opposed to that plank in the platform,” Munisteri said in an interview with Texas Public Radio.

But in a taping of Inside Texas Politics set to air Sunday at 9:00 a.m., Republican State Representative Matt Krause said the element reveals something else.

"A lot of people have different opinions, but at the end of the day, a person - a grassroots person - was able to have their voice heard, make it into the platform, and I think that's good for the process," Krause said.

Schwab admits "reparative therapy" isn't the best name, because the counseling isn't about "repairing" anyone who's broken, he said.

And in the end, the party platform is a non-binding document, but it still represents the people behind party.

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