Wyoming Equality

The Wyoming Republicans recently caused a stir when the group released a social media statement defining marriage as "between a man and woman."   

It likened members of the LGBTQ community to Sodom and Gomorrah and how those civilizations wobbled under its superstructure.

"Marriage represents the very foundation of human social order. Everything of value sits on that base. Institutions, governments, religious fervor, and the welfare of children are all dependent on its stability. When it is weakened or undermined, the entire superstructure begins to wobble. 

Admittedly, there have been periods in history where homosexuality has flourished, such as in the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, in ancient Greece, and in the Roman Empire. None of these civilizations survived.

Dr. James Dobson.

The Wyoming Republican Party believes that the definition of marriage is the union of one man and one woman."

Wyoming Equality Executive Director Sara Burlingame read this and laughed.

"It was absurd," she said. "I hope most people know before the Windsor Decision that made same-sex marriage the law of the land federally, Wyoming had same-sex marriage before it was federally recognized. The equality state was ahead of the curve in making sure that all Wyomingites have equal access to the law."

She called it an obvious sad ploy for attention that fools no one. 

"The GOP is combusting and falling apart at the seams," she said. "You have the director of the state party calling for Wyoming to secede from the nation. Rank-and-file folks support treason. Their house is not in order. Don't pay attention to the fact that the Emporer's house is on fire. Let's rally around attacking our neighbors' marriages."

She feels that Republicans are trying to get people to move to Wyoming and take an aggressive stance against people's private lives.

"Traditionally, Wyoming resisted that type of politicking," she said. "The last time the Wyoming legislature passed an anti-LGBTQ bill was in 1977. Since then, the legislature has beat every bill that seeks to harm, criminalize or restrict the freedom of LGBTQ Wyomingites."

Wyoming is the most conservative state in the union, and she said people misunderstand residents.

"If they think we are conservative in the same way that Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas is," Burlingame said. "We have a hard Libertarian edge, and we're consistent in our principals and ethics that says the government isn't meant to interfere in citizen's personal lives. A typical Wyoming conservative stance is that if my gay neighbor is not in my business, I'm not in their business. That's not me being hopeful. We hold the line."

Wyoming Equality is a haven for people who feel angst because of the attack.

"We choose to make Wyoming our home, and we're not going anywhere," she said. "If you talk to folks from the most rural parts of Wyoming, it's not new. Queer people have always worked on ranches and oil fields. What's new is the GOP thinking they can rally with their tiki torches and pitchforks, come after us and get any response."