Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) (AP)
Defending marriage as the union of one man and one woman, House Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) cited the Bible but then took a “totally secular approach” based on nature and proposed an experiment: put gay couples on one island and heterosexual couples on another island and then come back in 100 years and you will see “which one nature favors.”
“Let’s just see” what happens, said Gohmert in a speech to students at Liberty University. “Just see, you know?”
As he explained, “I took some grief recently. I was being interviewed on C-SPAN, in their private interview early and she [the host] was asking me questions, and it always lights up our phone when I talk about the Bible or anything about things Christians believe – I said, let's just take a totally secular approach to this.”
“Congress is good about having studies,” he continued. “How about if we take four heterosexual couples and put them on an island where they have everything they need to live and exist, and we take four couples of just men and put them on an island where they have all they need to survive, and then let's take four couples of just women and put them on an island.”
“And then lets come back in 100 years and see which one nature favors,” said Gohmert. “Just see, you know? Let’s just see.”
Earlier in his remarks, Gohmert cited the definition of marriage as established by God in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
“Moses believed in God and Moses said, God gave me this word, and the word is that a man shall leave his father and mother, and the woman will leave her home, and the two will become one flesh,” recounted Gohmert.
“Then, Jesus Himself, when He was asked about divorce and marriage, He said – He quoted Moses exactly, verbatim, and then He added a line – and what God has joined together let nobody separate,” said the congressman.
“So if you believe there’s a God, you believe Moses knew something about that God, and you think Jesus knew something about that God – He was God, He was one, the three are one – then you have to understand there is something to this foundational thing called marriage.”
Louie Gohmert, 62, is in his sixth term as a member of Congress. Prior to Congress, Gohmert was a lawyer in the U.S. Army, served as a state district judge in Tyler, Texas, and was a chief justice on Texas’s 12th Court of Appeals. A Southern Baptist, Gohmert is married and has three children.