LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - United States Representative Louie Gohmert stopped in Lufkin Tuesday to discuss several issues with the Lufkin Host Lions Club.
Gohmert spoke on his relationship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, balancing the budget in Washington, and his time in Congress, but the majority of his time was spent on the issue of transgendered bathrooms. Gohmert praised federal judge Reed O'Connor for blocking a federal mandate to let students chose which bathrooms they use in school.
"It's tough to talk about, but we need to talk about it," Gohmert told the crowd. "It is an important issue because our children are our future, and you only get one chance to raise a child. Here in East Texas, it is common sense of what you do or don't do."
In his talk, Gohmert brought up an editorial in the Washington Post by former John's Hopkins doctor Paul McHugh who said despite the hospital doing sex-change surgeries in the past, he came to believe that transgender surgery is not the answer.
"It says a lot when McHugh comes out and says that, "Gohmert said. "I think it shows the government is not on the right side."
Gohmert said he will continue to stand on the side of school rights.
Gohmert said he was also concerned that the Veteran's Administration is considering doing sex-reassignment surgeries.
"I do not believe that doing this will help," Gohmert said. "We already have a high suicide rate with veterans, and I don't think this will help."