Texas Republicans on Thursday will
decide whether to remove anti-gay language from the state's party
Gay weekly the Dallas
Voice reported on Tuesday that a subcommittee working on the
platform removed some of the language objected to by LGBT GOP groups
Log Cabin Republicans and Metroplex Republicans.
“Homosexuality – We affirm that the
practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and
contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior
is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been
ordained by God, recognized by our country's founders, and shared by
the majority of Texans,” the
However, the subcommittee kept in place
additional language on the subject: “Homosexuality must not be
presented as an acceptable 'alternative' lifestyle, in public policy,
nor should 'family' be redefined to include homosexual 'couples.' We
believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or
creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of
state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil
penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith,
conviction or belief in traditional values.”
Final wording on the platform will be
approved by the full state convention on Thursday night.
Texas Eagle Forum Executive Director
Cathie Adams told radio
station KERA that she will fight for the language to be included
in the platform in its original form.
“When a culture descends to a point
where homosexuality is openly accepted as a normal behavior, then a
society is well on its way to demise,” Adams said.