Want an e-mail box filled with hate letters and calls at all hours of the night? Then suggest to the GOP that their platform should include reparative therapy, a technique of counseling people to no longer identify themselves as gay.
Cathie Adams is president of the Texas Eagle Forum, a pro-family political movement linked to the Tea Party. She promoted reparative therapy at the recent Texas GOP convention in Fort Worth and has been besieged ever since. “I received a multitude of hateful and pornographic e-mails, curse words, calling me names that are not mentionable, very ugly,” she said. “To agree and disagree is part of the process, but we shouldn’t make it a personal attack.”
Adams says she pitched the controversial therapy after a friend told her he had benefited from it. Meanwhile, California and New Jersey have recently outlawed it. “All we’re trying to say is … let’s keep it an open and free choice for those who want to go,” she said. If it’s voluntary, “then why would anyone want to outlaw it?”