A Texas ‘ex-gay’ activist has claimed he knows “at least 500″ people who have had their sexuality changed.

Jeremy Schwab, who was responsible for introducing a plank to the Republican state platform which ‘recognizes the legitimacy and value’ of the therapy, made the claim to WFAA.

He said: “There are counsellors out there who help us overcome same-sex attraction by finding need fulfillment in other ways in our lives and by addressing emotional wounds, and for us that has reduced the same-sex attraction significantly.”

“For many of us, at least 500 people that I know that experience same-sex attraction, the gay lifestyle is just not an option for us, because of our own faith and our own values.”

Schwab last week claimed that he replaced his own same-sex attraction with food.

Earlier this week, the chair of the Texas Republican party has claimed that delegates were “forced” to pass the platform, due to a loophole in conference rules.

Texas GOP Chair Steve Munisteri had said: “My emails and phone calls to the office from Republicans are running overwhelmingly opposed to that plank in the platform.

“Because the way the platform works, once somebody calls the question on the platform it’s a parliamentary manoeuvre.

“The delegates are really forced to pass the platform as is, because if you don’t there is no platform.”

The New York Senate blocked a bill which would have banned ‘gay cure’ therapy in the state on Friday.

Also this week, the National Organisation for Marriage claimed that 10,000 people attended its failed anti-gay rally in Washington DC, despite independent counts putting the figure at below 2,000.

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