Texas Representative Louie Gohmert on Thursday claimed that gay rights are wrong because gay couples living on a space colony wouldn't be much help at preserving life.

The Republican lawmaker said on the House floor that lawmakers would never choose to send gay couples or animals into space to start a new colony as humankind faced extinction on Earth.

“I really wonder how many people in this body who had the ultimate power to decide whether humanity would go forward or not. Whether it was an asteroid coming. Something that would end humanity on Earth, as dinosaurs were ended at one time,” Gohmert said.

“Okay, we got a spaceship that can go as Matt Damon did in the movie (The Martian). Plant a colony somewhere. We can have humans survive this terrible disaster about to befall. If you could decide what 40 people you put on the spacecraft that would save humanity, how many of those would be same-sex couples? You're wanting to save humankind for posterity, basically a modern-day Noah. You have that ability to be a modern-day Noah, you can preserve life. How many same-sex couples would you take from the animal kingdom and from humans to put on a spacecraft to perpetuate humanity and the wildlife kingdom?”

Gohmert floated a similar argument last year when he claimed that gays can't have “what nature says is the preferred marriage” because if placed on an island they would die out.

Elsewhere in his rant, Gohmert called transgender people “perverse” and in need of help.