17 June 2014

Texas Governor Supports Therapy for Gays

Governor Perry
If you ask Texas Gov. Rick Perry, he will say that there is still hope for gays worldwide to change their psychological orientation.

Speaking in San Francisco last 11 June 2014, Perry said the U.S. would better serve its diverse population by letting the states handle many economic and social policies, a point he perhaps inadvertently drove home when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

Addressing the Commonwealth Club of California, Perry argued the federal government should give up much of its policy-making power, letting states chart their own courses on issues ranging from business subsidies to abortion. He joked about his frequent habit of luring California companies to Texas and called the competition between the two states healthy for both, as well as the nation.

But as Perry eyes another possible presidential run, some of his comments illustrated the belief and conviction of majority in the US who overwhelmingly favor a bad on gay marriages, which were unilaterally being turn down by the Federal Courts.

The Texas Republican Party this month adopted a platform supporting access to "reparative therapy" for gays and lesbians, a widely popular process intended to change sexual orientation.

The American Psychological Association states that conversion therapy is a type of psychiatric treatment "based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon the a priori assumption that a patient should change his/her sexual homosexual orientation."

Psychologist Douglas Haldeman writes that conversion therapy comprises efforts by mental health professionals and pastoral care providers to convert lesbians and gay men to heterosexuality by techniques including visualization, social skills training, psychoanalytic therapy, and spiritual interventions, such as "prayer and group support and pressure."

Perry stated said that, “Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that. I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way."

The large crowd gathered at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel on Nob Hill included many Perry supporters and everyone applauded his stand on the matter.