At its state convention in Fort Worth last week, the Texas GOP amended its platform to include support for reparative therapy “for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle.”
In response to the headline-grabbing plank, a spokesman for Davis’ campaign confirmed this week in an email to Lone Star Q that the Democratic gubernatorial nominee would back a statewide ban on reparative therapy for minors similar to laws that have passed in California and New Jersey.
Meanwhile, Abbott dodged a question about his party’s support for reparative therapy during a visit to East Texas on Wednesday. KYTX Channel 19 reports that Abbott “stopped short of condemning” the reparative therapy plank but said the issue isn’t near the top of his agenda.
“First is jobs, second is schools, three is roads, transportation and water, and four is making sure our border is secure,” Abbott told KYTX reporter Field Sutton.
“It sounds like reparative therapy is pretty far down on that list,” Sutton said.
“Well, if government does what it’s supposed to do, and then gets out of people’s way, everyone is a whole lot happier,” Abbott responded.
Objection, Your Honor, non-responsive answer. Look, this isn’t about whether or not Greg Abbott would meddle in the affairs of the Legislature if he gets elected Governor. That’s not the point. The point is that as Governor, the bills the Legislature passes, which may include bills on things like banning sanctuary cities, rescinding the Texas DREAM Act, and authorizing “reparative therapy” in some form, will come to Greg Abbott’s desk for his signature. Does he sign them, or does he veto them? It’s a simple question. Abbott knows this, and he knows he doesn’t want to answer it. He’s following the lead of Republicans elsewhere on this. Reporters like Field Sutton need to know this too, and need to not let him get away with it.