If every state Republican Party followed the lead of the Equality State Republicans, our nation would not be in such a time of crisis.
Earlier this week, legislation banning recognition of out-of-state gay marriages was narrowly voted down in Wyoming. Out of 30 legislators in the Senate, only four are Democrats.
The bill failed 14-16. Twelve courageous Republicans voted to keep The Equality State equal.
These Wyoming Senate Republicans rejected a discrimination measure against gays. RLC-endorsed State Senator Cale Case, Ph.D. (2nd photo from the left, above) made economic and personal liberty arguments in opposition to the bill. In the State House, RLC-endorsed member Sue Wallis made similar arguments. The RLC hopes that these pro-liberty, fair-minded legislators can help the Republican Party change its course nationally.
Supporters of the legislation said it was needed to resolve a conflict in Wyoming law, which defines marriage as a contract “between a male and a female person” but also recognizes any valid marriage performed outside the state. Earlier in the day, the bill barely passed the Wyoming House 31-28.
Wednesday’s vote on HB74 marked the latest in series of late-session defeats for social conservatives in Wyoming, who had been heartened by last year’s election results. Wyoming Republicans enjoyed their largest legislative majorities in 90 years and swung the Legislature noticeably to Republicans.
Last week, lawmakers killed a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage as well as legislation requiring abortion doctors to offer an ultrasound to their patients.
Maybe the social conservatives didn’t count on the fact that many of the Republican State Senators — shown above — have strong libertarian leanings.