Final Texas GOP 2014 Platform Says "Homosexuality Is a Chosen Behavior"

In month when Texas Republicans seemingly cannot stop saying dumb things about homosexuality, the party's finished 2014 platform makes it clear the state GOP isn't just ignorant about gay life -- it's willfully ignorant. They even put it in writing.

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Some of the platform's language is almost unfathomable in 2014. On top of the usual stuff -- God is mentioned 12 times, Judeo-Christian values are mentioned four times -- the new platform contains some especially contentious language about the LGBTQ community.

In a section titled "Strengthening Families, Protecting Life, and Promoting Health," the platform says the following:

"Homosexuality is a chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental unchanging truths that have been ordained by God in the Bible, recognized by our nation's founders, and shared by the majority of Texans."

That's it. According to Texas Republicans gay folks in our state, for whatever reason -- certainly not any sort of privilege, protection from discrimination or granting of equivalent rights -- choose to feel attraction to whomever they are attracted. Just like, Unfair Park's sure, those who drafted the platform choose to feel attraction to their opposite-sex partners.

It's an all too common refrain, but for a party that claims to support small government and people fending for themselves, the Texas GOP sure cares a whole helluva a lot about what goes on in people's bedrooms and the deity or lack of deity they choose to believe or not believe in.

2014 Republican Party of Texas Platform

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Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
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