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Official Texas Republican Platform Says More Than Half The State Is Gay

Grammar fail.

Texas Republicans are worried about which bathrooms people use, but maybe they should be more concerned with hiring a proofreader. 

Due to an apparent grammatical error, the party's official platform -- the Texas GOP's policy goals for the upcoming election -- declares that more than half of the state is gay:

Homosexuality is a chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental unchanging truths that has been ordained by God in the Bible, recognized by our nations founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.

Several sharp-eyed readers spotted a few problems with that plank in the party's platform.  As the New Civil Rights Movement noted, the use -- or misuse -- of the comma in the sentence could suggest that homosexuality is "shared by the majority of Texans."

NPR also pointed out the sentence's verb problem: Because the word "has" is used instead of "have," the sentence means homosexuality "has been ordained by God in the Bible, recognized by our nations founders, and shared by the majority of Texans."

Let's not even get into that "nations founders" business. 

Grammar aside, the document is both transphobic and homophobic. It calls for laws restricting the rights of trans people to use the bathroom of their gender identity, and orders the state to reject the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. It also opposes women's rights, denies climate change and demands a right to teach creationism in public schools. 

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