CNN's Kyra Phillips didn't exactly apologize for devoting a segment of her show to a widely-discredited theory that homosexuality can be "cured," but her declaration Friday that she is an "unswerving" supporter of gay rights came pretty close.

"I would like to take a moment to address many of you who e-mailed me about our Tuesday segment on this topic," Phillips said.

"Personally, I thought the absurd nature of the California law we discussed would speak for itself, but unfortunately, not everyone saw it that way. Richard Cohen was not the most appropriate guest to have on, but it is a decision that we made and the result of that is our continued discussion today."

On Tuesday, Phillips reported on a little-noticed California law from 1950 that asserts homosexuality to be a deviant act and orders medical professionals to seek cures for it.

But that turned out to be little more than a segue to an interview with Richard A. Cohen, an author and "conversion therapist" considered to be a leading voice in the movement to "cure" homosexuality. As Raw Story noted, Cohen was expelled from the American Counseling Association in 2002 for repeated violations of the organization's ethics code.

"As a journalist with a long track record of covering gay and lesbian issues, I wish that those of you who sent me vicious e-mails watched my newscast more often, because if they did, my guess is, [you] would not have been so quick to send such hateful messages," Phillips said Friday.

"They don't know my record and my unswerving support for all communities in the battle for human rights, including gays, lesbians, and transgendered individuals."

This video is from CNN's Newsroom, broadcast April 8, 2010.

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