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Congressman: Gays Should Hide Sexual Orientation at Work

GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) thinks gays should hide their orientation at work, which shouldn't come as a surprise to those familiar with Gohmert's extremist and nutty positions.

GohmertThink Progress caught up with the Congressman at a Tea Party rally in front of the Capitol on Wednesday:

THINKPROGRESS: Where do you stand on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act?

GOHMERT: I’m not aware of exactly which one you’re talking about

THINKPROGRESS: It would protect LGBT workers from being fired due to their sexual orientation.

GOHMERT: Who wants to go talking about sexual orientation when they’re working? Good grief.

As we reported yesterday, West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller became the 52nd sponsor of ENDA:

In just the last week, three other Democratic Senators--Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Tom Carper of Delaware and Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada--have come out in favor of the bill. Reid's official support is seen as an important boost for the bill, since the majority leader rarely co-sponsors bills himself. Earlier this week, even Gabriel Gomez, the Republican candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, announced his support of ENDA.

Only four Democratic Senators remain who have not endorsed ENDA: Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bill Nelson of Florida, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Tim Johnson of South Dakota. Sens. Nelson and Johnson support marriage equality; Sens. Manchin and Pryor do not.

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  1. Republicans literally are the stupidest people in America.

    This man is less intelligent than you average 10 year old.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 20, 2013 1:23:09 PM

  2. Does mean we could get straight coworkers to shut up about their little darlings in daycare?

    Posted by: Lee | Jun 20, 2013 1:28:33 PM

  3. Who talks about their orientation at work? Um, anyone who discusses their home life/family/ or dating situations, maybe. I don't know a single straight person who doesn't mention their orientation at some point in the day. Why should it be any different for gay people.

    Posted by: LiamB | Jun 20, 2013 1:29:02 PM

  4. Gohmert is a fringer, something the current GOP crop excels in.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 20, 2013 1:32:05 PM

  5. For the record, this is the last line of his bio on his official site:

    "Today, he and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of three daughters. Their family attends Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, where Louie has served as a deacon and still teaches Sunday school."

    So, he's not only shoving his sexual orientation down our throats (including mentioning the results of his sexual activity), he's also broadcasting his religious lifestyle choice - one that is offensive to all members of the one, true Church of Jesus Christ, which is, of course, the Catholic Church.

    Why are you so proud of being a heretic, Mr. Gohmert?

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Jun 20, 2013 1:34:42 PM

  6. Sorry but is there more than one EDNA bill? Which one states you can only be fired if you discuss your orientation?

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 20, 2013 1:37:25 PM

  7. or when other school professors ask my father what his plans for the summer are and he replies "we're getting the PFLAG Booth ready for Pride next weekend"? does that count, too?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 20, 2013 1:40:17 PM

  8. Republicans have got to be the most ignorant, hypocritical morons. With the exception of Tea Partiers who have no brain to speak of.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Jun 20, 2013 1:45:32 PM

  9. well, that's the thing CPT_Doom: that's "normal" for Straights.

    but when we gays hold our partner's hand in public, or kiss, or express affection, or discuss our lives, or refuse to "hide" that we're gay, suddenly we're the ones "shoving a lifestyle down their throats and flaunting our sexuality and blah blah blah."

    there is, of course, no such thing as flaunting your sexuality.

    there is hiding it. and there is not hiding it. that's it, that's all.

    and when we don't hide it, those bigots get angry. because they want us to be scared of them. they want that fear to send us screaming back into the closets, they want it to affect how we live our daily lives.

    and every strong LGBT person with a spine needs to do the exact bloody opposite.

    a man and woman kissing is love. two men or two women kissing is seen as a subversive attack on perceived normalcy - yet only in the mind of the weak and the bigoted.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 20, 2013 1:46:11 PM

  10. Hey, if it's good enough for Gohmert, then it's good enough for the rest of us gays.

    Posted by: Donald | Jun 20, 2013 1:46:56 PM

  11. hiding that you are gay at work is a difficult as hiding that you are stupid

    Posted by: Use Your Miles | Jun 20, 2013 1:50:57 PM

  12. What a pinhead.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 20, 2013 1:54:04 PM

  13. Please. Gohmert makes every knuckle-dragging redneck seem like Einstein. He's an international joke.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jun 20, 2013 1:54:19 PM

  14. That might be easy to do, if you're an Oscar winner. I'm actually very talented, and decided to go along with that path, it lasts about 6 months, then people start asking, and you feel like a liar, or worse, someone who is repressing themselves, if you say no. reality is you can't do this.

    Posted by: NE1 | Jun 20, 2013 1:55:54 PM

  15. not only that, NE1, but Hiding Our Sexuality makes us look like complete f***ing wimps.

    you wanna be a strong man? you can't be Closeted.

    "masculine" and "discreet" are, in fact, mutually exclusive.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 20, 2013 1:59:00 PM

  16. God damn it. He didn't say that, his comment is plenty insensitive and damming, YOU DO NOT NEED TO MAKE STUFF UP ANDY.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 20, 2013 2:05:56 PM

  17. Gohmert, sadly, is not the typical ignorant, uneducated redneck that makes up his constituency. He is, in fact, relatively educated holding a B.A. in History from good ol' Texas A&M University (whose student government recently tried to defund a LGBT center), and a J.D. from Baylor University (recently in the news for keeping Brittney Griner on a leash and in the closet). Gohmert was also military defense attorney and a district judge, once requiring an HIV+ man to inform any future sexual partners of his HIV status in writing with a court-approved disclosure form, and to submit any such disclosure forms to the court as a condition of parole. (So much for small government and keeping Big Brother out of your bedroom, right?)

    Gohmert has become a stereotype redneck hick because of his accent and the stupid things he says, but he's actually much more dangerous. He plays and trades on that kind of igorance and bigotry to stay in office. Unfortunately, his East Texas district is dominated by that kind of mentality, so we'll continue to see the Louie Gohmert show in C-Span for sometime to come, until we can catch him on video in bed with another human who isn't his wife.

    Posted by: No Justice in Smith County | Jun 20, 2013 2:10:19 PM

  18. Kiwi, you just... YOU ARE EXACTLY LIKE THIS CONGRESSMAN. Just think before you type. How did you come to this conclusion? How is it supported? Can I knock any holes in this argument?

    You can absolutely flaunt and be discreet about your sexuality. You can also be honest, which is what you are referring to, an honest approach would be where you don't hide nor do you force it into a conversation. Flaunting it would be to forcibly refer to it at all times. That is tasteless for anyone, Federal Boob Inspector shirts are a straight way of doing this.

    Your blinding obsession with phony masculine obsessed people is, frankly, insane. Even now whne you read this you are skimming it, jumping to the comment box, coming up with a pithy response like:

    "HAHAHA, as if I would listen to some cowardly gay guy who supports the GOP" or something along those lines.
    You don't read, you don't think, you just bash people over the head with the latest regurgitated kiwi-ism. You, Rick, UFFDA, Mary and the rest need to seriously start your own site where you just rage at nobody.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 20, 2013 2:14:15 PM

  19. Actually, clearly I need to leave. Eventually someone will come up with an even tempered gay news site that registers comments or just doesn't allow them.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 20, 2013 2:17:36 PM

  20. Oohhhh papa mow mow.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 20, 2013 2:18:42 PM

  21. God damn it!

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 20, 2013 2:19:42 PM

  22. Fenrox, my being Out and unafraid is not the reason that you're unable to do the same.

    I repeat: it's not my fault that you live a cowardly existence. I've been Out, to any and all, since I was a high school student. Your inability to grow a spine is not my fault.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 20, 2013 2:20:10 PM

  23. I'm constantly amazed at how far the uneducated can make it in government. It's his job, that we taxpayers pay for, to keep up with current laws, even those that don't directly affect his personal life.

    I'll help school you Mr. Gohmert, if you won't do it for yourself. People can be fired for being gay and never even mention it at work, to use your twisted logic. Answer this, Where do people who need medical leave for a spouse or berievement turn when they can be fired from the job (the one they were careful to never mention their sexual orientation in). Remember they make tax dollars to pay your overpaid salary at these jobs.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Jun 20, 2013 2:25:32 PM

  24. either he's So Stupid that he believes his own B.S.


    he's smart enough to know that his constituents are so stupid as to believe this B.S.

    either way, it's B.S.

    pretending that you're as stupid and bigoted as the people whose votes you want is, perhaps, an even worse societal and political ill: you know better, you can rectify and remedy the curse of prejudice, rather than feed it with buzz-terms that suit right-wing talk radio, but rings false to anybody who actually completed high school.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 20, 2013 2:30:56 PM

  25. I spend all day, every day, shoving my lifestyle down the throats of people. It is just exhausting, let me tell you. Plus, all that nasty saliva.

    Posted by: jht | Jun 20, 2013 2:50:00 PM

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