House lawmakers convened Tuesday night for a special session of floor speeches addressing the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. While many lawmakers made compelling cases for the repeal of DADT, Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) took to the house floor to deliver a vitriolic response to the issue.
Gohmert launched a sequence of assaults that began by calling DADT repeal a "perverse... social experimentation" that would hold soldiers hostage to a sociological attack. The congressman went on to attack the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill, legislation not relevant to the purpose of the special House session.
According to Gohmert, the Matthew Shepard Bill would lead to the legalization of necrophilia, pedophilia, and bestiality:
If you're oriented toward animals, bestiality, then, you know, that's not something that can be used, held against you or any bias be held against you for that. Which means you'd have to strike any laws against bestiality, if you're oriented toward corpses, toward children, you know, there are all kinds of perversions, [...] pedophiles or necrophiliacs or what most would say is perverse sexual orientations but the trouble is, we made amendments to eliminate pedophiles from being included in the definition. [...]
Amidst his rant, Gohmert asserted that he is not racist, pointing out that he voted for Alan Keyes. Keyes is a birther-movement leader who has suggested that President Obama is a "radical communist."
WATCH Rep. Gohmert's speech on the House floor: