NBC News -- The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in
A push to include the new anti-gay language survived a key vote late Thursday in
Under the new proposed plank, the Texas GOP will "recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle."
The full convention of nearly 10,000 delegates from across
Delegates to the Texas GOP Convention cheer for Gov. Rick Perry after his speech in
Gay conservatives in
"I really beg my social conservative colleagues to let this issue go," said Rudy Oeftering, a
That issue also faces a full vote Saturday.
Republican delegate Elizabeth Hunter, 20, said she didn't see any reason for removing language that describes being gay as tearing at the fabric of society.
"I don't see anybody leaving the Republican Party because of that language," she said. "I think it would actually encourage someone to join when they see that the Republican Party takes a strong stand rather than standing in the middle."
Cruz ducked a question about his state party's platform on gays, saying he would leave it up to the "grass roots at the convention."'
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