Texas Representative Louie Gohmert had the chance to address the U.S. House of Representatives on May 26. Lawmakers are, every so often, given this opportunity so that they can make general speeches on the floor, allowing them to address “pet issues” and having their remarks entered into the official congressional record. Louie Gohmert opted to use his speaking time to warn Congress against the use of LGBT individuals in futuristic space colonies.
He also spoke heavily of the Bible, telling Congress all of the reasons why his God disapproves same-sex marriages and “men who don’t know if they’re men or women.” As Motherboard reports, Representative Louie Gohmert is also concerned that space colonies set up on other planets would have much success at rebuilding the human population if they were filled with LGBT astronauts.
— Jack Holmes (@jackholmes0) May 27, 2016
He could be right in his far-fetched concerns for the continued existence of humanity after an Extinction Level Event, such as a meteor or asteroid or nuclear war. I mean, honestly, the LGBT community has rarely been very successful at procreation, despite their best efforts. Check out Representative Louie Gohmert’s speech to Congress.
Louie Gohmert’s extremely bizarre speech touched on many topics that are inexplicably of concern to the Texas rep. He began by clarifying his thoughts on the LGBT community, assuring listeners that they fall directly in line with what mental health professionals have stated for decades (this despite the conservative Christian aversion to most mental health diagnoses). Louie Gohmert called the LGBT community “perverse,” with the trans community bearing the brunt of his displeasure. Representative Gohmert did soften his discriminatory tone somewhat by saying that the LGBT community needs our love. Oh, and our pity.
Representative Gohmert went on to say that humanity should probably have some kind of interstellar Noah’s Ark ready in case the end of Earth becomes nigh. According to Gohmert, when we’re pairing people and animals up two-by-two to replenish our new colonies, we’d be more successful if we didn’t include same-sex couples.
Be they human or animal.
— THE POLITISTICK (@ThePolitiStick) May 24, 2016
Oddly enough, over the course of his speech before the U.S. Congress, a speech in which he repeatedly cited the Bible, Jesus, and the Creator, he mentioned that Extinction Level Events have taken place on the Earth before, even (in a decidedly un-Christian move) giving a shout-out to the dinosaurs. Unfortunately for them, apparently they lacked the requisite technology to colonize space. Or perhaps they made the mistake Representative Louie Gohmert repeatedly warns against and sent LGBT dinosaurs to do a job that only straight dinosaurs could handle.
“I really wonder how many people in [Congress], who have the ultimate power to decide whether humanity would go forward or not—if it were an asteroid coming, something that would end humanity on earth as dinosaurs were ended at one time—we have a space ship that will go as Matt Damon did in the movie, plant a colony somewhere, we can have humans survive this terrible disaster about to befall. If you could decide what 40 people you put on the spacecraft that would save humanity, how many of those would be same sex couples?”
Representative Louie Gohmert went on with the biblical references, asking Congress that if they were “modern day Noahs,” would they try to perpetuate humanity and the animal kingdom with same-sex couples? Representative Gohmert wanted to know precisely how many same-sex couples would be a good ratio when the time comes for humanity to repopulate on some unknown space rock.
Congress refrained from coming up with a number.
Not surprisingly, folks on social media had a thing or two to say about Representative Louie Gohmert’s weird congressional rant.
I think Louie Gohmert might be an alien. https://t.co/rsBX40ghLr
— Sylvia Baumgardt (@Syl6716) May 27, 2016
@carmenmmachado the gay people in space story or the how Gohmert manages to stay alive without a working frontal cortex story?
— Grammaticus Finch (@briankspears) May 27, 2016
— just grace (@graceNC4) May 27, 2016
Ironically, Representative Louie Gohmert’s concerns for future human colonies in space doesn’t seem to extend beyond making sure they don’t include LGBT folks. Back in March, Representative Gohmert voted against a bill that supported giving NASA some additional funding. The bill, known as INSPIRE Women in Aerospace, was designed to encourage girls to enter the fields of science and technology. Despite Representative Louie Gohmert’s decision to vote against the legislation, it was easily passed in the House of Representatives and advanced U.S. Senate.
If it does pass, perhaps it will help Representative Gohmert sleep a little better at night to know that humanity’s future space colony needs are being considered. It’s even possible that the female scientists who’d benefit from the bill might discover a way to transport embryos for IVF or artificial gestation to future space colonies, ultimately alleviating Representative Louie Gohmert’s concerns about LGBTs in space.
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