Texas state Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) went on Anderson Cooper's show, AC360, in order to defend Texas Republicans' support for a gay “cure.” Things didn't go so smoothly for him.
Hughes tried to defend Republicans' support for gay conversion arguing there exists plenty of medical support for such procedure. (There doesn't.) Cooper called Hughes out on this lie and began to list all the medical organizations that condemn any such attempt as abusive and harmful.
“I could give you a list,” Cooper told Hughes. “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, they all say [being gay]is not a mental disorder. It's not something that needs to be cured.”
Cooper then went on to show Hughes a clip of the former president of the largest “ex-gay” group that claimed to be able to change people's sexuality. The group dismantled after recognizing being gay is not a choice. But Hughes was not convinced.
“No one is saying that God doesn't love people as they are,” responded Hughes. “Every one of us makes mistakes, makes decisions we're not proud of.”
Cooper, who is openly-gay, fought back Hughes' ignorant remarks.
Watch the interview below.
“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,” argued Cooper.