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Anderson Cooper Destroys Lying TX GOP Lawmaker's Defense of Gay 'Reparative Therapy' Platform: VIDEO

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Texas State Rep. Bryan Hughes (R) appeared on AC360 last night to defend the Texas Republican Party's decision to add language to its platform supporting gay "reparative therapy".

The AP reported:

Under the new plank, the Texas Republican Party recognizes "the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle."

Hughes argues that doctors are divided on the issue when that's just not true, and Anderson set him straight:

"It’s really just not accurate to say that doctors are evenly divided. 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, they all say this is not a mental disorder. It’s not something that needs to be cured....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?"

Hughes responded:

"No one is saying that God doesn’t love people as they are. 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."

Anderson wasn't having 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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Rep. Eric Cantor to Step Down as House Majority Leader

Following his primary loss to Dave Brat last night, Rep. Eric Cantor will step aside as House Majority Leader, the WaPo reports:

CantorHouse Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) plans to step down from his leadership post by the end of July, setting off a weeks-long scramble for the chamber’s number two job, according to three Republicans familiar with his plans.

Cantor will formally announce his plans later Wednesday in a meeting with his House Republican colleagues in the basement of the U.S. Capitol.

And although House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is technically next in line for succession, there are others who want the job:

Friends have advised him to expect a challenge for majority leader from Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee. McCarthy and Sessions are longtime foes, both having run for whip in 2010, with McCarthy besting his older opponent. Ever since, Sessions has been eager to challenge McCarthy and is telling colleagues that an older, more conservative hand is needed near the top, aides said.

With McCarthy seeking to climb the leadership ranks, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), the chief deputy whip, announced to his inner circle Wednesday morning that he will run for whip and throw his support behind McCarthy as majority leader.


Cantor Concedes, Brat Praises God in Victory Speech: VIDEOS

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor conceded the shocking loss of his Virginia House seat to Tea Party candidate Dave Brat. Meanwhile, Brat thanked his supporters:

"In the bad times I know where I went when things went bad. I went to God and I went to my family and this little note was hanging on my door every day and I read this every day. Luke 18:27. Jesus replied, 'What is impossible with man is possible with God.'"

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The larger implications of this contest include the end of immigration reform and more pressure on Obama to exert an Executive Order on that issue, a fractured Republican party, and the newly wide open race for House Speaker.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Defeated by Tea Party Challenger in Primary

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House Majoriy Leader Eric Cantor has lost the Republican primary for his House seat, the AP reports:

Economics professor Dave Brat won a stunning upset victory against Cantor on Tuesday in the 7th District Republican primary contest, which is in the Richmond area. Cantor is the second-most powerful member of the U.S. House and was seen by some as a possible successor to the House speaker.

Wow.

The WaPo adds:

Brat’s victory gives the GOP a volatile outlook for the rest of the campaign season, with the party establishment struggling late Tuesday to grapple with the news and tea party conservatives relishing a surprising win.

“This is an earthquake,” said former Minnesota congressman Vin Weber, a friend of Cantor’s. “No one thought he’d lose.” But Brat, tapping into conservative anger over Cantor’s role in supporting efforts to reform federal immigration laws, found a way to combat Cantor’s significant financial edge.


Texas GOP Approves Party Platform Endorsing Gay Conversion Therapy

At the Texas Republican Party convention in Fort Worth over the weekend, the state GOP gave final approval to its platform endorsing gay conversion therapy.

Texas gopThe AP reports:

Under the new plank, the Texas Republican Party recognizes "the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle."

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"The platform reflects what the people in the Republican party have asked for, and that should be no surprise: family values, protection of marriage between one man and one woman and everything that goes along with that," said Jonathan Saenz, president of the conservative group Texas Values and a convention delegate.

The party did, however, remove language from the platform stating: “we affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God.”


The Indiana GOP Platform is (Once Again) Anti-Gay Marriage

Delegates at the Indiana Republican Party Convention in Fort Wayne over the weekend overwhelmingly approved a party platform opposing gay marriage – a mere two years after the state GOP chose to (temporarily) remove the anti-gay language in an attempt to appeal to more moderate voters.

Indiana-GOPThe party platform now states:

We believe that strong families, based on marriage between a man and a woman, are the foundation of society. We also recognize that some families are much more diverse and we support the blended families, grandparents, guardians and loving adults who successfully raise and nurture children to reach their full potential every day.

The AP added that a minority of delegates, mostly from Marion County, fought unsuccessfully to remove the language over concerns that it would limit the party's ability to attract new voters. Supporters, however, saw the language as a compromise. 


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