A Wyoming senator is being accused of comparing homosexuality to bestiality while meeting with members of a local high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance club.
The advocacy group Wyoming Group filed a formal complaint letter against Republican Sen. Lynn Hutchings.
According to the letter, Hutchings made the comments on 1 February at the organization’s bi-annual Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Civics Day.
During this event, student members of GSA clubs across the state attend and learn about civic engagement and state government. They meet with various elected officials, including judges, legislators, and more.
A group of 10 students from Central High School attending the event sent in a note to their district representative, Sen. Hutchings.
They wanted to discuss House Bill 230 with her. The bill would have protected people from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It died in the House the following Monday.
What happened next?
Sen. Hutchings allegedly came out to meet the students. She told them she was unfamiliar with the bill’s language and the students began to explain.
That’s when Hutchings made the alleged comments.
The 4 February letter states she said the following:
‘If my sexual orientation was to have sex with all of the men in there and I had sex with all of the women in there and then they brought their children and I had sex with all of them and then brought their dogs in and I had sex with them, should I be protected for my sexual orientation?’
Following these remarks, Hutchings reportedly continued to interrupt the students’ comments before excusing herself.
The letter continues, acknowledging the ‘state legislature’s anti-harassment policy mentions no protected classes, including sexual orientation and gender identity’.
Regardless, it describes Hutching’s behavior as ‘unacceptable and inexcusable’.
The mayor of Cheyenne, Marian Orr, tweeted out her own criticism.
‘Shame on you, Sen Hutchings,’ she wrote. ‘We deserve better. Our youth deserve better. Bestiality is equivalent to being gay? Really?’
Shame on you, Sen Hutchings. We deserve better. Our youth deserve better. Bestiality is equivalent to being gay? Really? https://t.co/eb7euuPnOl
— Mayor Marian Orr (@gofishwyo) February 9, 2019
Wyoming’s Democratic party is now calling on Hutchings to resign.
‘Her remarks were not appropriate for any audience, but that she said this to children is especially revolting. It shows a clear lack of good judgment,’ Wyoming Democratic Party Chairman Joe Barbuto said in a statement.
‘Senate District 5 deserves a Senator who they can trust to behave and speak in a manner that upholds the dignity of the office and reflects an understanding that every person deserves to be treated with respect. Lynn Hutchings is now incapable of providing that level of representation. She must resign immediately.’
Republicans in the state have not released a statement yet.
Author: Anya Crittenton
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