Attorney General Eric Holder got the last laugh Tuesday when Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) tried to outfox him.
The Tea Party lawmaker tried to lure Holder into a trap during a House Judiciary Committee with a series of questions on same-sex marriage.
The attorney general said he did not believe a person who held the personal belief that marriage was between a man and a woman had violated the civil rights of same sex couple.
“How about if they have a business and they believe that?” Gohmert said, and Holder acted confused and asked if he meant the business itself held that belief.
“If it’s a private business, and the owners of the private business believe marriage is between a man and a woman, are they violating a same-sex couple’s civil rights, in your opinion?” Gohmert said.
But Holder declined to take the bait, saying he did not wish to comment on a matter currently pending in the U.S. Supreme Court.
“It is your opinion that matters on whether you tell attorneys general how to act in the states or how you approach businesses or individuals that have this biblical view that the president had when he was a senator in 2008, so I thought it was rather important,” Gohmert said.
The lawmaker tried to ask one more question, but his time expired and his adversary fired off a parting zinger as the chairman introduced the next speaker.
“Good luck with your asparagus,” Holder said, briefly stopping the proceedings.