During an appearance on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, a Republican state representative defended his vote for a plank in the Texas Republican Party platform endorsing therapies aimed at altering the sexual orientation of people from gay to straight.

The new plank recognizes “the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness for their homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.”

When Rep. Bryan Hughes attempted to paint the issue as undecided, host Anderson Cooper quickly interjected, “There's really not [a debate].”

“It's really not accurate to say that doctors are evenly divided. I can give you a list,” Cooper said before rattling off a long list of professional medical associations which oppose the practice.

“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.'”

Hughes went on to characterize being gay as a “mistake.”

“Everyone of us makes mistakes, makes decisions we're not proud of. God loves each one of us and he offers a way for us to deal with sin, with bad choices,” he said.

“Well, the fact that you view being gay or you characterize it as a mistake or something that, you know, should be changed, really maybe says more about your position than what your words actually say,” Cooper responded.

Hughes insisted he was speaking about “every one of us,” though he later added that his personal opinion was he does not believe that being gay is “God's best for the way we should live.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)