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Anderson Cooper Destroys Texas Republican's Defense Of Ex-Gay Therapy

Our favorite Silver Fox Anderson Cooper destroyed Texas Republican state Rep. Bryan Hughes over his defense of ex-gay reparative therapy and the Texas GOP's decision to include support for the therapy as part of its state party platform.

Hughes lies at one point, maintaining that the medical community is divided over the merits of reparative therapy, an argument that Anderson quickly dismantles by pointing out:

“It’s really just not accurate to say that doctors are evenly divided,” Cooper told state Rep. Bryan Hughes (R). “I could give you a list: the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselors’ Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers. They represent half a million mental health professionals, [and] they all say this is not a mental disorder. It’s not something that needs to be cured.”

It only gets better from there. Watch!

Cooper continues, asking Hughes:

“Does it concern you, again, that your party is now backing a form of therapy which basically every major medical organization says doesn’t work, can be harmful, and which many of the people who have been through it say it doesn’t work and is bad for kids?” Cooper asked.

Hughes reiterated that his party had “heard testimony” and “read reports” regarding the therapy’s benefits, but did take issue with Chambers’ point regarding religion.

“No one is saying that God doesn’t love people as they are,” he told Cooper. “There’s nothiing in the platform about that. No one is trying to take that position. Every one of us makes mistakes, makes decisions we’re not proud of. God loves each one of us, and he offers us a way for us to deal with sin and bad choices. But I do strongly disagree with what he said about God not loving people.”

“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,” Cooper said in response.

Get it, Anderson!


(H/T: Raw Story)


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How about reparative therapy for Republicans?

It really sad that we say we live in a country where we are free but a government party trying to take away our freedom to be who we are.  That issue should never be a government issue it is a person choose if they want to do something.  There are more important issue that we have as a state and a country to even have a personal choose involved.  Why tri to change a person they are who they are gay or str8.  The state of Texas to be so big and have such major cities in them should be the most accepting state.  To bad we are not due to a couple of bigots.

I am Straight Republican Texan.  I am ashamed of my state and party for being so stupid.

i always had respect for Anderson

Hughes' continual smile is really creepy.  Looks like he's really needing to show America he got his teeth whitened.

How long before we get the real message here: Theists are anti-human, anti-life, anti-democracy.  Theists are a danger to society!

Rock ON Cooper!!!

YAAAAASSSS! Anderson Cooper slaying bitches

"In our case, one of our local bigots who gets her science info from a stain shaped like the Virgin Mary on her patio suggested this, and boy howdy we thought, Sounds like Texas values to us" 

YES ANDERSON!!!! I've always thought you are brilliant. Hughes is so typical and such a bigot. Are you sure he's not a Bush who feed on the blood of all Americans?

do they think we are stupid or so sick minded we will take the comments for fact. The Republican party should be disbanded fore dirty tricks and stupidity

Thanks CNN and Cooper .  Hughes got owned !!!

Hughes is such a slime ball!  That smirk nauseates me.

I find it interesting that the GOP spokesman said several times that they wanted people to have a choice in regards to reparative therapy.  Would he say the same thing about women - that they should have a choice about whether or not to have an abortion?  Typical hypocrites of the GOP.

What he would say, and the rest of the TX reps would say about a woman getting an abortion is that she would have to go have an ultrasound. She would be required to watch the ultrasound & listen to the DR tell her what every little part of the baby is. The Dr would be sure to specifically point out the heart beat. That is the new TX law. 

If this guy strains any harder to smie more he is going to give himself a stroke


Hughes artificial smile just makes me sick.

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