The Wyoming House of Representatives last Friday voted down a bill that would prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. That is great news, in and of itself. But I was especially heartened by comments from some Republican lawmakers who voted against it.
One man said he had a gay daughter and she deserved the same rights as any one else. And then there was this comment (taken from the AP story):
Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Recluse, said it appeared that the anti-gay sentiment behind the bill was based on biblical interpretation. However, she said there are similar biblical admonitions against charging interest for a loan, sowing a field with mixed seed or eating shrimp.
Rather than calling the bill the â€œDefense of Marriage Act,â€ Wallis said it should be called, â€œThe Defense of State-Sponsored Religious Bigotry Act.â€
I have always believed that if the LGBT community is ever going to secure equal rights, it will be because we have support across party lines. Log Cabin Republicans have been telling us for years there are fair-minded people in the GOP, and I am glad to see this proof of it.