A party platform approved last week by Texas Republicans meeting at their annual convention calls for the criminalization of being gay.

Calling being gay “contrary” to American ideals, the Texas GOP's 2010 State Republican Party Platform comes out swinging on all fronts against gay men and lesbians. The document rails against being gay, rejects the idea of families headed by gay couples and is opposed to gay rights, including gay marriage, adoption of children by gay couples and equal workplace benefits for the spouses of gay employees.

The party also wants free reign to bash gays, saying “We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.”

The platform also is critical of gay men and lesbians marrying, urging Congress and state legislatures to approve constitutional amendments banning gay marriage and supports making it a felony “to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.”

And by coming out against the legalization of sodomy, the Texas GOP is advocating for the criminalization of being gay.

The Supreme Court's 2003 Lawrence v. Texas ruling declared sodomy laws to be unconstitutional. Texas' sodomy law, enacted in 1860, prescribed a five to 15 year prison term for violators.