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Wyoming Rep. Hans Hunt to fellow citizen: If you care about what we do here, GTFO

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Wyomingite and Universalist Minister Audette Fulbright wrote her representatives to express her concerns about expanding carry laws in schools and fracking. As she wrote: “Here is the response I got from Rep. Hans Hunt:”

“Rev. Fulbright,

“I’ll be blunt. If you don’t like the political atmosphere of Wyoming, then by all means, leave. We, who have been here a very long time (I am proudly 4th generation) are quite proud of our independent heritage. I don’t expect a ‘mass exodus’ from our state just because we’re standing up for our rights. As to your comments on fracking, I would point out that you’re basing your statement on ‘dangers’ that have not been scientifically founded or proved as of yet.

“It offends me to no end when liberal out-of-staters such as yourself move into Wyoming, trying to get away from where they came from, and then pompously demand that Wyoming conform to their way of thinking. We are, and will continue to be, a state which stands a head above the rest in terms of economic security. Our ability to do that is, in large part, to our ‘live and let live’ mentality when it comes to allowing economic development, and limiting government oversight. So, to conclude, if you’re so worried about what our legislature is working on, then go back home.

Sincerely,

Hans Hunt

Representative Hans Hunt
House District 02”

Yes, that happened.

My reply:

“Dear Rep. Hunt,

Regarding your recent email to Rev. Fulbright – Serving in the legislature is a privilege, not a birthright, and you serve all your constituents, even if they just moved here yesterday. You were a Wyomingite by accident. Over 60% of us, according to the last survey, were born somewhere else and become Wyomingites by choice.

If you’re incapable of playing well with others, perhaps it’s you that needs to go back home.

Cheers,
Meg Lanker-Simons”

I’ll just leave his email here: hans.hunt@wyoleg.gov

According to anon, it’s not “nice” that I published this email. Well, when you’re a dick to your constituents, that’s not nice — and they should know. Especially with the statement: “if you’re so worried about what our legislature is working on, then go back home.” Uh, that’s not democracy, bro.

Here’s more on Rev. Audette Fulbright, who heads up a congregation in Cheyenne.

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Was going to head over to the Legislature today, but this cough is kicking my ass.

Stupid illness getting in the way… at least I know there’s some BAMF Uterused-Amercians going to testify against SF 88, “Woman’s right to reproductive safety and information.”

This Orwellian-named piece of legislation mandates waiting periods, ultrasounds, a script with false information for doctors to read, and to top it off, it’s sponsored by a nurse who should know better than to mandate physicians lie to patients because Jesus supposedly said reasons. Ideology trying to trump science yet again.

For the last time, abortion does not cause breast cancer, Roe settled this in 1973, and when the Redskins lost Super Bowl VII that year they WENT THE FUCK HOME instead of continuing to argue with the referee forty years later and lobbying the NFL to change the rules because the rules made them sadfaced.

Look, if a dudebro doctor can testify in favor of these bills and compare women to tracts of land in which a fetus airplane crash-lands, I can use a goddamn football metaphor.

At least WyWatch’s latest email trying to drive the anti-choice crowd to testify asked for prayers because their lobbyists are sick too. So who’s illness was God’s incurred wrath again? Riiiiight, I heard you all cracking wise about a few of the sick folks lobbying for choice Monday, that God was punishing them with disease.

Pharisees.

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An oldie, but goodie — it’s the poster I designed two years ago for this fight.
But remember this: In 2011, Domestic Partnerships never even moved from committee. It died for lack of a second to be heard.
This poster was used in demonstrating against the anti-gay bills, which didn’t even get filed this year because there was no one who would sponsor them.
We still have the Non-discrimination bill that will come before the senate.
This is the closest and farthest we’ve ever come. We know for sure who our friends and opposition are, and we’ll be back.
I promise.

An oldie, but goodie — it’s the poster I designed two years ago for this fight.

But remember this: In 2011, Domestic Partnerships never even moved from committee. It died for lack of a second to be heard.

This poster was used in demonstrating against the anti-gay bills, which didn’t even get filed this year because there was no one who would sponsor them.

We still have the Non-discrimination bill that will come before the senate.

This is the closest and farthest we’ve ever come. We know for sure who our friends and opposition are, and we’ll be back.

I promise.

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To all you ranchers out there, I bring you Leviticus 19:19: ‘Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.’

So, ranchers, maybe you didn’t know that cross-breeding your herd for hybrid vigor was an abomination to the Lord. Planting oats as a nurse crop for your alfalfa in your fields is also an abomination. Wearing a good Pendleton wool vest with a silk lining is an abomination. These are all spoken about in the Old Testament in exactly the same way, in exactly the same section.

Rep. Sue Wallis, R-Campbell, speaking out against “cherry-picking the Bible” to legislate while defending HB 168, Domestic Partnerships, in the Wyoming House today. Listen to her full speech.

The bill failed on a roll call vote 25-34, with 1 excused, and will be postponed indefinitely.

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In 12 hours, we’ll know if domestic partnerships and/or marriage equality will be heard on the Wyoming House floor for the first time ever.

You guys.

Sleep is impossible right now. But equality for LGBTQA Wyomingites isn’t – so if you’re within driving distance of Cheyenne, Wyo. and can get to the capitol building before noon, do it. The committee hearing is in the Herschler Building, room B63. Before that, we’re rallying in front from 9-11AM.

The Teavangelical crowd will be out in full force. And so will we. I’ll be live-blogging the hearing via my twitter, which is @meglanker.

Let’s do shit, people.

Cheers,
Meg

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Check out this video directed by my friend Will Welch, and edited/produced by me! It’s called “Out in Wyoming: LGBT Advocacy in the Cowboy State” and gives a summary of what’s coming up in this legislative session, advice from Wyoming state legislators on advocacy, plus instructions on lobbying and communicating with your state legislators — even if you don’t live in Wyoming. (Yes, it’s a little long, but we worked really hard, it’s entertaining, and YouTube has a pause button.)

However, if you know people who live in Wyoming, live in Wyoming yourself, or live near Wyoming, definitely share this video. We have a domestic partnership bill, a marriage equality bill, and a non-discrimination bill going to their respective committees on Monday beginning at noon. We’ll also be demonstrating in front of the state house starting at 9 AM in favor of equality on Monday, January 28. If you live close enough to Cheyenne to get to the state house, DO IT!

This action alert from Wyoming Equality’s Jeran Artery gives point-by-point instructions on what you can do to help. We have an excellent chance of passing non-discrimination and domestic partnership bills in Wyoming this year! If you live in Laramie, we’re phone banking tomorrow in the UW Union RRC from 4pm-7pm. It’s mobilizing constituents around the pro-LGBT bills in the legislature. All the bills have bipartisan support. Here’s the bills, with Republican sponsors in bold:

HOUSE BILL NO. HB 168 Domestic partnerships-rights and responsibilities
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Connolly, Byrd, GingeryGreenePetroff, Throne, Wallis and Zwonitzer, Dn. and Senator(s) Burns, Craft, Rothfuss and Von Flatern (5 Democrats; 7 Republicans)

HOUSE BILL NO. HB 169 Marriage-definition 
Sponsored by: Representative(s) Connolly, Byrd, GingeryPetroff, Throne, Wallis and Zwonitzer, Dn. and Senator(s) Craft and Rothfuss (5 Democrats; 4 Republicans)

SENATE FILE NO. SF 131 Discrimination
Sponsored by: Senator(s) Rothfuss,Burns, Case, Craft, Esquibel, F., Hastert and Von Flatern and Representative(s) Blake, Brown, Connolly, Gingery, Greene, Petroff, Wallis and Zwonitzer, Dn(6 Democrats; 9 Republicans)

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE — pass it on! And thank you! 

Cheers,
Meg

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Note to the far right-wing in the Wyoming Legislature: A gun in every kindergarten and a probe in every vagina is not prudent governance.

Apparently, uteri are more dangerous than guns, and therefore are in need of regulation and government intervention. Gotcha.

Here’s my solution: I’m going to use mine to carry a concealed weapon and incorporate it. Now, leave it the fuck alone.

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From the shit you can’t make up files: The local “family values” (read: anti-choice, anti-gay) group WyWatch is in a tizzy over a bill to create an appointed “Director of Education” to oversee the Department of Education because it’s nationalization. Or something.

Or, as they alerted us, a “DIRECTOR of EDUCTION.”

This is unintentionally hilarious. To educe means “to draw forth or bring out, as something potential or latent; elicit; develop; infer.”

WyWatch (and the current superintendent of public instruction) are excellent at inferring and bringing out nefarious meanings, especially when there are none.

Bravo, folks.

Oh, and the bill passed out of the Senate Education Committee on a 5-0 vote.

From the shit you can’t make up files: The local “family values” (read: anti-choice, anti-gay) group WyWatch is in a tizzy over a bill to create an appointed “Director of Education” to oversee the Department of Education because it’s nationalization. Or something.

Or, as they alerted us, a “DIRECTOR of EDUCTION.”

This is unintentionally hilarious. To educe means “to draw forth or bring out, as something potential or latent; elicit; develop; infer.”

WyWatch (and the current superintendent of public instruction) are excellent at inferring and bringing out nefarious meanings, especially when there are none.

Bravo, folks.

Oh, and the bill passed out of the Senate Education Committee on a 5-0 vote.

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