WATCH: Leo Berman may not know what GLBT stands for, but he definitely doesn’t support it


Earlier we tried to post video of anti-gay State Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, debating Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, about a bill Anchia has filed that would allow same-sex parents to put both their names on an adopted child’s birth certificate. But we accidentally posted the wrong segment from KXAN’s Session ’11, so we figured we’d put it up again here with a transcript.

After Anchia explains the reason behind his bill, Berman is asked for his opinion about it.

Berman: It’s just like camouflaging an issue. This bullying issue in school, it a GLBT issue. It’s a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transvestite issue.

Anchia: Transgender.

Berman: I’m sorry. Transgender and transvestite. You cross-dress and you’re a transvestite, I guess. But anyway, I don’t support that at all. I don’t support it at all. I’m a conservative, and I suppose you would call yourself a liberal.

Anchia: I’d prefer you not branding me. How’s that?

Berman: I’m sorry. I apologize. I call myself a conservative, though. I am conservative, and I don’t support the agenda that the gay lesbian … transvestite — I’m sorry, what was that word?

Anchia: It’s the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community. GLBT.

Berman: Transgender community. GLBT. I don’t support their agenda at all.

—  John Wright

If Leo Berman becomes House speaker, it might really be 'God's punishment' on Texas

State Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler
State Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler

Right-wing State Rep. Leo Berman of Tyler has filed to challenge House Speaker Joe Straus for the job in 2011.

I couldn’t resist the headline, which may be a stretch. But if Berman were to defeat Straus, a Republican who’s been under fire from conservatives in his own party, it would probably be a bad thing for the LGBT community. Straus is a moderate Republican who attends a gay-affirming church and has a mixed voting record on LGBT issues.

Berman was a co-author of Texas’ constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Berman told WFAA he plans to introduce a bill next year similar to the anti-immigration measure that passed recently in Arizona. He also plans to file a measure that would require presidential candidates to provide proof they were born in the U.S. to be listed on the Texas ballot, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

At a Glenn Beck-headlined rally in April, Berman told the crowd that President Barack Obama is “God’s punishment on us.” In other words, this guy could be even worse than Tom Craddick.

—  John Wright