Platform debate consumes Texas GOP Convention


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Texas Republican Convention is wrapping up with lengthy debate over the party platform on immigration, medical marijuana and proposed therapy to turn gay people straight.

Roughly 7,000 delegates rejected on Saturday platform language endorsing medical marijuana.

They were also voting on removing a declaration that "homosexuality tears at the fabric of society." But the new platform would instead endorse voluntary psychological treatment to "cure" gays.

Another proposal would scrap references to a guest worker program for immigrants in the U.S. illegally from the 2012 convention.

But it would instead create a visa plan that essentially does the same thing. Some conservatives decry that as amnesty.

There's also a presidential straw poll featuring Gov. Rick Perry and tea party-backed U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Kentucky's Rand Paul.

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