Republican congressman Louie Gohmert has claimed that being sexually abused ‘unversally’ turns boys gay.

Gohmert sits in the House of Representatives for Texas’s First Congressional District, and is one of the most anti-LGBT politicians in Congress.

In an appearance on a Christian radio show this week, Right Wing Watch reports that Gohmert claimed that the cause of homosexuality is child abuse.

The former judge claimed: “As a judge handling thousands of felony cases here in Texas, it seemed interesting to me that so often when it was a case of an adult man being charged with molesting a young boy, that the boys just seemed like, universally, they ended up feeling that they were gay,.

“I was a bit perplexed by that, that gee, a kid would be molested and he goes on to think he’s gay the rest of his life when it seems like maybe that was not necessarily the road he was going down until the adult molester stepped in.”

On the same show earlier this week, Gohmert claimed that God might have flooded the world in Biblical times because of gay marriage.

He claimed: “According to the Babylonian Talmud, there’s only one other time in history when homosexual marriage was practised.

“It wasn’t the time of Sodom and Gomorrah, although homosexuality was rampant, it wasn’t in Babylon or even Ancient Greece… the only other time in history where homosexual unions were authorised as marriage was in the ‘Days of Noah.’”

“We know homosexuality was widespread in Greece and Rome and Babylon and especially in Sodom and Gomorrah, but that’s a little scary that it wasn’t legal except before the flood.”

Gohmert previously warned about the dangers of gay people in space.