GOP congressman: Same-sex marriage decision makes America vulnerable to attack

Texas Tea Partyer Louie Gohmert isn't celebrating today's big SCOTUS ruling

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published June 26, 2015 7:04PM (EDT)

Louie Gohmert                         (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Louie Gohmert (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Conservatives have reacted to today’s Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage with predictable hysteria and outrage.

But Republican Texas congressman Louis Gohmert’s reaction may be the most hysterical of any elected official yet. According to Right Wing Watch, Gohmert argued that as a result of today’s decision, “God’s hand of protection will be withdrawn as future actions from external and internal forces will soon make clear.”

Warning? Threat? Premonition? It can be said for certain how Gohmert drew such a conclusion from a legal decision but he minced no words when describing its impact, calling it a “civilization-changing decision that destroys our nation’s heritage of Biblical marriage.”

Same-sex marriage in all 50 states is “heartbreaking for the turmoil it will mean for our nation’s future” Gohmert eulogized.

He explained that “it was God’s law that ‘a man will leave his father and mother and a woman will leave her home and the two will come together as one.’ That defined marriage.”

Ultimately, Gohmert resigned himself to his nightmare reality, saying, "I will do all I can to prevent such harm, but I am gravely fearful that the stage has now been set.”

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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