FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — 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 California and New Jersey that ban so-called “reparative therapy” on minors. June 5, 2014.

Texas' State Constitution, Article 1 Section 4

"No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being."

This is Texas NOW,........not some time in the dark ages. Great huh..........

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Comment by Michael Penn on June 9, 2014 at 7:51pm

On that idea of turning a gay kid straight, I'm surprised they don't have machines for that. Oh, he isn't straight yet? Give him a few more jolts and volts. If he lives he might tell you anything!

News bulletin. "We are sorry to announce that teh gay kid, Stevie, died last night during treatment. He steadily resisted therapy, so we turned the machine all the way up and he expired. I hope we saved his soul."

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2014 at 1:40pm

Texas is a separate nation in reality. I taught high school classes when I lived at Ft Hood and I could not teach what a "normal" science teacher would. I had to deal with  christian fundamentalism and racism involving. Homophobia had not appeared, yet, nor had Asian racism. As a teacher, where do my loyalties lie? For me, it was preparing my students for a diverse world. Teaching prejudices was expected, encouraged, rewarded. It was very odd to live as an army dependent, living and working with people of many races on the base. Off base was a different matter. 

Comment by Emily Henderson on June 8, 2014 at 1:15pm

Yes-alot of people don't even realize that if there is a conflict between the US Constitution and a State Constitution, the US Constitution reigns supreme-they think "sovereignty of state" means State Constitutions reign supreme. That is only in instances where there is no US Constitutional provision that is in direct conflict with a state one. 

People don't read, unfortunately.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 8, 2014 at 1:09pm

Then you'll get into a religious war between the pro-garlic and the anti-garlic factions!

Seriously, though, that provision of the Texas constitution is unconstitutional under the "no religious Test" clause of the U.S. constitution!

A few other state constitutions have similar provisions, even now in the 21st century. Tennessee goes further, in requiring belief in a heaven and hell: "No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state." (Article 9, Section 2)

Comment by Emily Henderson on June 8, 2014 at 12:58pm

No, The Flying Spaghetti Monster is only metrosexual. But in Texas, that is just as bad-he will be executed on Monday.

Comment by Michael Penn on June 8, 2014 at 12:51pm

OK, maybe you can run for office if you acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Pizza. I'm not sure where this would get you if you only believed in a small Pepperoni, and I lived in Texas for 20 years.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 8, 2014 at 12:41pm

What?  The Flying Spaghetti Monster is GAY?!?  Here I thought it was just the purple Telly-Tubby!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 8, 2014 at 12:27pm

Does the Flying Spaghetti Monster count?

Comment by Pat on June 8, 2014 at 11:54am

I love Supreme. Oh, hang on a second. They're not talking about Diana Ross and the Supremes. Too bad. I worshipped their music when I was much younger.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 8, 2014 at 10:44am

The second someone attempts to superimpose such "treatment" on another, expect a court battle which will very likely go all the way to SCOTUS, wasting time and taxpayer dollars as it goes and for no other reason than to provide short-term satisfaction for some bible-believing bigots who don't like fags because the bible told them not to like them.

Such action is stupid, asinine, wasteful and ultimately accomplishes exactly NOTHING.

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