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.