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Religious Right Wants Anti-Gay, Pro-Bible GOP Platform

| by Michael Allen
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Conservative Christian leaders are reportedly pushing anti-gay conversion therapy and other points to be included in the Republican Party platform.

Tony Perkins, head of the pro-Christian Family Research Council, called for the GOP platform subcommittee to endorse ex-gay "conversion therapy," according to Right Wing Watch.

The committee passed an amendment to the party platform on July 11 that said it supports "the right of parents to determine the proper treatment or therapy, for their minor children," which appears to be a reference to ex-gay therapy for minors. This type of therapy has been banned in some states.

The committee did not include the actual words "conversion therapy," as it reportedly opposed Perkins' call for ex-gay therapy, which has been discredited by major medical organizations.

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The committee also included an amendment in its draft that defies the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 ruling on gay marriage. The New York Times obtained excerpts of the GOP platform draft, which the newspaper published on July 11:

Our laws and our government’s regulations should recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman and actively promote married family life as the basis of a stable and prosperous society.

For that reason, as explained elsewhere in the platform, we do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage and we urge its reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to states.

Another amendment appears to oppose transgender rights that are supported by "bureaucrats" and President Barack Obama:

They are determined to reshape our schools — and our entire society — to fit the mold of an ideology alien to America’s history and traditions. Their edict to the states concerning restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities is at once illegal, ominous, and ignores privacy issues. We salute the several states which have filed suits against it.

In addition to the anti-LGBT amendments, NBC News reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell tweeted an addition on July 11: "GOP platform [subcommittee] passed the amendment that the bible be allowed to be taught in schools as a historical document."

Sources: The New York Times, Right Wing Watch, Leigh Ann Caldwell/Twitter / Photo Credit: Republican Party/Wikimedia Commons

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