Louie Gohmert says judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage need ‘basic plumbing lessons.’
Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert has some advice for judges ruling in favor of same-sex marriage: Get some basic plumbing lessons. “We haven’t seen any biological evidence to support marriage being between a man and a woman,” Gohmert said of judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage. Then he said,
“For one omnipotent, omniscious, ubiquitous federal judge who is wise beyond his education to say – to make such a declaration about the law, I think, requires revisiting by each state and compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court.” [SOURCE]
That’s a judge’s job, however, to interpret the law and ensure that it’s applied properly. Including the U.S. Constitution. The judge in the Oklahoma case ruled that their ban on same-sex marriage violated the Equal Protection Clause. Since being LGBTQ isn’t a choice, preventing members of the LGBTQ community from marrying the person of their choice is, indeed, a constitutional violation.
Here’s the video:
Louie Gohmert says same-sex marriage is a social problem all around.
Gohmert not only believes that same-sex marriage somehow violates the law (both the law of the land and natural law), he also believes that it will lead to America’s downfall. During a radio interview before last year’s CPAC, he said that, historically, the nuclear family is what keeps societies together. When societies decide to mess with that, then they wind up in “the dust bin of history.”
Gohmert is parroting very tired arguments that actually have little basis in history. The nuclear family is more of an ideology than it is a social necessity. Great societies collapse for a variety of reasons. Climate change is one, if it destroys the food supply. Repeated invasions from the outside that weaken the entire society is another. Disease is a huge contributing factor. Same-sex marriage and shifting away from the nuclear family, however, isn’t.
He also says gun control and same-sex marriage are comparable.
Elsewhere in Gohmert’s twisted line of thinking is comparing limiting high-capacity magazines to same-sex marriage, which he compares to bestiality. In early 2013, he asked why the line for gun magazines was drawn at ten, instead of nine or eleven.
“And the problem is once you draw that limit; it’s kind of like marriage when you say it’s not a man and a woman any more, then why not have three men and one woman, or four women and one man, or why not somebody has a love for an animal? There is no clear place to draw the line once you eliminate the traditional marriage and it’s the same once you start putting limits on what guns can be used, then it’s just really easy to have laws that make them all illegal.” [SOURCE]
Other criticism of judges ruling on same-sex marriage include deriding judges “who have become so wise” that they know better than nature, or God, what marriage is supposed to be. He, like most of the religious right, don’t understand that Christians don’t have a monopoly on the definition of marriage. The definition of marriage has changed wildly throughout history. Furthermore, the biblical definition of marriage isn’t “one man and one woman.”
People like Gohmert keep bringing these arguments against same-sex marriage out because they think people will actually buy it. These arguments try to do two things: One, they try and shame people into rallying against same-sex marriage by telling us that we support harming families and children. Two, they try to create fear in us, of society’s collapse if we allow things to change. The bottom line is, same-sex marriage makes these people uncomfortable, so they want it to go away and stay away.