Louie Gohmert's ENDA View: 'Who Wants To Go Talking About Sexual Orientation When They're Working?'

06/20/2013 11:43 am ET | Updated Jun 20, 2013

In the eyes of Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), sexual orientation and the workplace appear to be separate entities.

ThinkProgress caught up with the congressman on Wednesday, asking him where he stands on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Gohmert claimed that he was unaware of the bill, so the interviewer filled him in on how the legislation would bar workplace discrimination toward sexual orientation or gender identity.

"Who wants to go talking about sexual orientation when they’re working?" Gohmert reacted. "Good grief."

Gohmert has also been a vocal opponent of gay marriage. During the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in March, he said that marriage equality would put the United States "on the road to the dust bin of history."

Aside from Gohmert's views, dozens of Democrats have signed on to support ENDA. As of Wednesday, the bill had 52 cosponsors, including Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).

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