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CNN: TX GOP and Reverse Therapy

Texas Republicans have adopted a party platform that includes support for voluntary psychological "therapy".

Almost 10,000 attendees gathered in Fort Worth at the annual Texas GOP Convention to vote on a platform ahead of the 2016 race for the White House.

The Texas Republicans' measure states that "We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy."

Spearheading the endorsement is Cathie Adams, president of the conservative Texas Eagle Forum. She stressed that the measure calls for allowing people to choose the treatment.

"The American Psychological Association has found that efforts to change sexual orientations can pose critical health risks including, but not limited to, depression, substance abuse, social withdrawal, decreased self-esteem and suicidal thoughts," the Republican governor said in his signing statement.

"I believe that exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate."

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