Louie Gohmert is always coming up with, shall we say, interesting ideas. But his latest brain baby takes the cake. According to Gohmert, African Americans should oppose gay marriage because they won the right to oppose things with the Civil Rights movement.
The East Texas Congressman used his time on a radio show Wednesday to expand on his views that African Americans should take up arms against gay marriage on the basis of "religious freedom." His reasoning? Well, according to Gohmert black people fought in the Civil Rights movement for their own freedoms, leaving them free to now fight against legalizing gay marriage, and to potentially discriminate against gay people specifically because they are gay, a la Arizona.
Gohmert was interviewed by conservative radio host Janet Mefferd. The duo had a nice chat, as reported by Raw Story, about how black people in general, and preachers in particular, have been surprised to find that people are drawing correlations between one group of people being arbitrarily denied certain rights and another group of people being similarly denied basic rights. Yup, makes no sense at all.
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"Some of them are very shocked, they participated in the Civil Rights Movement," Gohmert said. "And then to turn around and have gay rights folks saying, now, 'You can't practice your religious beliefs.'"
It's a relatively clever twist on, well, thinking, honestly. Even Gohmert realizes that he won't get far with an argument based on the fact that there are plenty of black people alive today who remember the old days when they weren't allowed to marry someone of another race in many states. So he's trying to step around it by talking about "religious freedom."
And in a way he is right. People have the right to support or not support lots of things in this country, but that doesn't change the fact that, looking back, the laws that were in place and the social fabric of the past seems barbaric now. With some luck the day and age of denying people the right to marry based on gender will also become a thing of the barbaric past.
We moved another step toward that future on Wednesday. While Gohmert was on the radio spouting off about how gay marriage should be banned and how the people Arizona should be legally allowed to deny service to gay people based on "religious freedom", a federal judge struck down the ban in Texas. Then the governor of Arizona vetoed the "religious freedom" legislation. Sadly Gohmert didn't subsequently announce plans to move to the great state of Arizona to carry on his mission to lead Arizona's African Americans to the freedom of oppressing others, but you can't win them all.