Federal Marriage Amendment reintroduced with strong Texas support

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Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Plano, one of four Dallas congressmen supporting the anti-gay marriage amendment.

UPDATE: Congressman Tom Latham’s office called this morning to say his name never should have been on the bill. Placing his name on the bill was a staff member’s mistake and it was withdrawn as soon as the mistake was discovered.

ORIGINAL POST: Since part of the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down, the Federal Marriage Amendment has re-emerged but appears to have little chance of passage at this time.

In the House of Representatives, one Democrat and 38 Republicans, including eight from Texas, have co-sponsored a House Joint Resolution proposing an amendment that would enshrine marriage in the Constitution as between one man and one woman.

Texas has twice as many co-sponsors of the bill as the next closest state, North Carolina, with four. The Democratic co-sponsor is Nick Rahall of West Virginia.

Four of the Texas Republicans are from the Dallas area — Rep. Sam Johnson of Plano, Rep. Joe Barton of Arlington, Rep. Kenny Marchant of Coppell and Rep. Ralph Hall of Rockwall.

Other Texas representatives co-sponsoring the resolution are Rep. Steve Stockman, Rep. John Carter and perennial crackpot Rep. Louie Gohmert.

Since its introduction, the resolution has already lost one co-sponsor, Tom Latham, R-Iowa,, but picked up Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, this week. Latham’s state has marriage equality.

The only current co-sponsor from a state with same-sex marriage is Rep. Andy Harris, R-Maryland.

No women co-sponsored the resolution. Only one co-sponsor is under 40 and all are white men.

Each house of Congress would have to pass the proposed amendment by a two-thirds vote before going to state legislatures where it would have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states. More than a quarter of the states have marriage equality.

FMA was first proposed in 2002 and last failed in the House of Representative in 2006.

—  David Taffet

WATCH: Gohmert says gays are hurting evolution, which he doesn’t believe in

Louie Gohmert

Rep. Louie Gohmert

Congressman Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, spoke at a Kaufman County Tea Party rally on July 2.

He spoke about the war against religion and how President Barack Obama made it clear he was going after Christianity.

“For someone who believes in evolution, you believe that throughout the history of the universe, and particularly Earth, that people have come together and borne offspring from different species that has evolved and given us stronger and better species. How does the mating of two males evolve the species upward?” Gohmert said.

Since Gohmert apparently doesn’t believe in evolution, two men “mating” really shouldn’t bother him at all.

But Gohmert is also concerned with having his free speech rights taken away by hate crime legislation. He said he no longer has the right to “openly believe homosexuality is wrong without encroaching on the possibility of a hate crime. We’re not haters as Christians. We’re lovers.”

Actually, the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act that Gohmert opposes has been used only once to prosecute a hate crime committed against a gay man. Four people arrested in Kentucky were charged under the law after beating a gay man.

Poor Louie. Four people beating the crap out of a gay man is apparently part of his definition of Christian love and free speech rights.

Gohmert is known for his staunch opposition to LGBT equality and for his off-the-wall statements. He opposes employment nondiscrimination as part of Obama’s war on religion and opposed the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” because of “bunk crawling.”

Watch the video after the jump:

—  David Taffet

WATCH: Anti-gay Congressman Louie Gohmert calls ENDA part of Obama’s ‘war on religion’

Louie Gohmert

Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert told a conservative radio show Tuesday that he thinks ENDA is a continuation of the Obama administration’s “war on religion.”

Gohmert spoke with Today’s Issues host Tony Perkins, Family Research Council president, saying the federal legislation that would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is “a part of this administration’s ongoing war on religion, on particularly Judeo-Christian values,” Right Wing Watch reports. FRC has been labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

A Senate committee began a hearing on ENDA on Tuesday.

Gohmert went on to criticize religious groups that accept homosexuality and also said that ENDA’s passage would require Christian schools to hire LGBT people, a misguided theory as religious institutions would be exempt from the bill. He said it would be “kind of tough to teach biblical principles in Romans 1 in a school if you are of the persuasion of being homosexual.”

From the video:

Perkins: Today, in the Senate they are having a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act…. What this would do is give special employment benefits and protections based upon their sexual behavior and orientation. What do you see as the outcome of this? I mean, are you concerned increasingly that this is a way to essentially punish religious freedom in the business environment, in the business sector?

Gohmert: It continues to be part of this administration’s ongoing war on religion, on particularly Judeo-Christian values. But of course this is one that even is extremely contrary to the Muslim religion as well. I mean, Islam, Judaism, although there are plenty of people in Judaism and Christianity who think despite the plumbing that God created, that as the Iowa Supreme Court said, there is no biological evidence of a preference for a man and a woman being married as opposed to a man and a man.

Watch the clip below.

—  Dallasvoice

WATCH: Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert isn’t finished getting aroused about ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Perhaps we jumped the gun when we awarded our coveted Bigot of the Day honor to Republican Congressman Mike Conaway of Midland. In the below video, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, makes a strong case for why he should have won it. As Gohmert recalls the intimate details of a bunk-crawling incident when he was in the Army at Fort Benning, one can’t help but wonder whether he shouldn’t be speaking in the first person.

—  John Wright

WATCH: Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert’s homophobic rant against DADT repeal on the House floor

—  John Wright

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert: Homosexuality is adultery in the Ten Commandments

Discussing “don’t ask don’t tell” on the Family Research Council’s Washington Watch Weekly radio program on Friday, Congressman Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, offered his response to those who point out that the Bible — if you read it closely and all — doesn’t really appear to condemn homosexuality per se:

“Some people say, ‘Where is homosexuality in violation of the Ten Commandments?’ Well, it’s adultery. It’s sexual relations outside of marriage, a man and a woman. Of course there are other verses that reference these specific acts, men lusting after men, etc., but specifically for the military, when anyone, whether they’re homosexual or heterosexual, cannot control their hormones to the point that they are a distraction to the good order and discipline of the military, then they need to be removed from the military.”

Gohmert goes on to agree that if DADT is repealed, the military would have to change its policies to allow “heterosexual immorality.”

“Well of course it would,” he says. “Well, I say of course it would. You would think that. But of course we’ve already shown through Congress that homosexuality deserves a more precious and privileged position just by some of the laws that we’ve passed.”

Gohmert is likely referring to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act, which he suggested last year could lead to the legalization of things like pedophilia, necrophilia and bestiality.

—  John Wright

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert on DADT repeal: 'We're shoving this down your throat'

As we predicted, Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas (Tyler, Longview) was one of the loudest, most obnoxious voices speaking against a repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” on the House floor today. Above is a compilation of Republican rants from Think Progress that includes the following remarks by Gohmert:

“The military is not a social experiment. We are sending them out there with a mission to protect this country. If someone has to be overt about their sexuality, whether it’s in a bunker where they’re confined under fire, then it’s a problem. And that’s what repeal of ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ does. It says, ‘I have to be overt, I don’t care, I want this to be a social experiment.’ …

“We’re saying , ‘We’re shoving this down you’re throat, we don’t care.’”

Frankly, Gohmert’s remarks don’t make a lot of sense, but I think what he was really trying to say is that he wants something shoved down his throat.

Anyhow, the debate is continuing in the House, and you can watch live by going here.

—  John Wright

Texas congressman: Hate crimes act holds soldiers hostage to attack on American morals

Yesterday I made mention of that new LGBT group in East Texas, the Tyler Area Gays. So how fitting it is that today we have some overwhelming evidence that the TAG Project is critically needed. Here’s video of Republican U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert, who represents Tyler and Longview, arguing on the House floor yesterday against the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, which is currently attached to a defense spending bill. Among other things, Gohmert states that including the Shepard Act in the defense bill is “holding soldiers hostage to this sociological attack on what used to be the morals of America.” A majority in the House disagreed with Gohmert, voting against removing the Shepard Act from the bill last night. You can watch responses to Gohmert by openly gay Reps. Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin by going here.

—  John Wright