CNN's Anderson Cooper Schools Texas GOPer on Gay 'Cure' Therapy

by Dan Quinn

CNN’s Anderson Cooper talked to Texas state Rep. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, on Wednesday about the state Republican Party’s support for “therapy” to convert gay people into straight people. Hughes argued that evidence supports so-called “reparative therapy.” But Anderson exposed that claim as utter nonsense. In fact, medical experts and professional organizations such as the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have all rejected so-called “reparative therapy” as unsupported by scientific evidence, abusive and harmful to LGBT people — especially minors — subjected to it.

Hughes, a forced smile plastered on his face, waved those facts away and suggested that being gay is a “mistake.” But, he insisted, “No one is saying that God doesn’t love people as they are.”

Anderson was having none of it:

“The fact that you view being gay — or you characterize it — as a ‘mistake,’ or something that should be changed really kind of maybe says more about your position than what your words actually say.”

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