Ted Lieu standing in silence after he said he would recite what Jesus Christ "said about homosexuality" has gone viral.The California lawmaker was giving a one-minute speech on the House floor on Wednesday, which he used to criticize the GOP for pushing through a number of bills targeting LGBTQ people.During his speech, Lieu cited a story in The Washington Post with the headline GOP lawmakers push historic wave of bills targeting rights of LGBTQ teens, children and their families.The article noted how Republicans have filed nearly 200 state bills relating to LGBTQ restrictions between January and March, including banning school books which discuss gay or trans issues or preventing transgender youth from playing competitive school sports in teams that align with their gender identity.Lieu then cited another Washington Post article from April entitled Some Republicans fear party overreach on LGBT measures, in which GOP figures spoke out against the so-called "don't say gay" laws first introduced in Florida."I just thought I would now recite for you what Jesus Christ said about homosexuality," Lieu said before standing in silence for more than 20 seconds."I yield back" he then concluded.A clip of Lieu's speech was posted onto Twitter by user @Acyn, who frequently posts snippets of interviews and public comments from lawmakers.
The footage of Lieu has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.Lieu made a similar remark in a June 5 tweet in which he criticized baseballer Jason Adams and the other Tampa Bay players who refused to wear the rainbow flag logo on their uniforms over the weekend to commemorate the start of Pride month."Pitcher Jason Adam should read the New Testament.