Greg Abbott in Reparative Therapy Funders' Back Pockets – And Private Plane

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It must be hard to be Attorney General Greg Abbott's conscience right now. Texas Republicans are making discrimination against the LGBT community a center piece of their political agenda this election, and Abbott is having a difficult time hiding his own anti-gay views.

In a now very classic-Greg Abbott style, Abbott dodged a question last week while being interviewed about his stance on trying to “cure” gay people through “reparative therapy.” Abbott went on to list other issues he claims are more important to him, without ever answering the question or condemning Republicans' support for this harmful practice.

But actions speak louder than words. And so do Abbott's records.

A campaign record of Abbott shows he has been traveling using a private plane donated by two billionaire supporters, who are helping fund the so-called “ex-gay” reparative therapy movement.

Read more about Abbott's anti-gay buddies below the jump.Texas fracking tycoon brothers, Dan and Farris Wilks, are both good buddies with Attorney General Greg Abbott. The private plane Abbott flies in is thanks to a donation made by the two brothers. The Wilks brothers also have a charitable trust called The Thirteen Foundation, which has been responsible for donating over $3 million dollars to groups that advocate for gay reparative therapy.

Let's be completely clear about what “gay conversion therapy” truly is: Reparative therapy is a scam. It causes deep physical and psychological harm. It is condemned by every major medical and mental health organization in the country. At it's core, the only purpose reparative therapy serves is to torment LGBT people and make them think something is inherently wrong with them. It does not work because there is nothing to fix.

Not just only anti-gay, the Wilks brothers' foundation is also big on donating millions of dollars to anti-abortion and social conservative religious groups.

Even though Abbott may wish to continue dodging every single question made to him until November, there is exists a very important section in the Texas GOP's platform that clarifies any doubts Abbott shares the same extreme views as the rest of the Texas Republican Party.

Section 1-83, titled “Enforcing the Platform” states every Republican is responsible for enforcing all positions on the party's platform:

Every Republican is responsible for implementing this platform. Party candidates should indicate their positions on platform planks before their acceptance on the ticket and such information should be available on the Party website.

Every Republican. Every position. The entire platform.

There is a famous saying in Spanish that says: Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres. Tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you the kind of person you are.

Well, Greg Abbott's friends are anti-gay, anti-women, anti-immigration, anti-education, anti-science… The list goes on.


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Omar Araiza

Staff writer Omar Araiza covers immigration, Latino voters, the U.S.-Mexico border, and LGBT issues. He is a proud South Texas native, born and raised in the lower Rio Grande Valley. Omar tweets from @AraizaTX.

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