June 11th, 2014
10:59 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: Texas Republican lawmaker defends reparative therapy

Reparative therapy is also known as gay conversion therapy. There is no scientific evidence this practice works and groups like the American Psychiatric Association have condemned it. New Jersey and California banned reparative therapy for minors, but the Texas Republican Party endorsed the practice and voted to add this language to their platform:

"We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy."

Texas State Representative Bryan Hughes spoke to Anderson and defended his vote in favor of the measure.