Wyoming Republican Party at Odds with LDS Church and Senator Cynthia Lummis | News

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The Wyoming Republican Party sent out an email today complaining about Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) voting in support of the Respect for Marriage Act. The bipartisan measure repeals the Defense of Marriage Act and calls on the federal government to recognize the validity of same-sex and interracial marriages.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement in support of the measure, stating:When we work together to uphold the principles and practices of religious freedom along with the rights of LGBTQ people, much can be done to heal relationships and foster better understanding.”

The Republican Party’s email says its platform opposes the Respect for Marriage Act.

Dear Wyoming Republicans and District Leaders,

Unfortunately, in yesterday’s vote on the Respect for Marriage Act, our own Senator Lummis voted yes. This law threatens religious freedoms and contradicts the Wyoming Republican Party Platform, which was UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED at the Republican State Convention in May 2022 by more than 400 delegates from across the state.

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Please contact our federal representatives and

Let them know that you care about our platform and that their representation needs to reflect their constituents’ values ​​and priorities!

Here is the exact language of the relevant boards of our platform:

Plank 8 – Marriage is defined as the union of a man and a woman.

Plank 6 – Freedom to practice one’s beliefs is a God-given fundamental natural right protected by both the United States and Wyoming Constitutions and must never be violated. The First Amendment does not require religion to be banned from public life. We must consider the Judeo-Christian principles of the Founding Fathers when they wrote it; The exercise of faith in this tradition encourages good moral conduct and the development of character that helps secure the other fundamental foundations of our national citizenship. Freedom of religion and the freedom to exercise it include the right to refrain from acts contrary to one’s religious beliefs.

The May 2022 Wyoming Republican Party Convention referenced in the above email did not attend with most delegates from Natrona and Laramie counties. Delegates from the two counties were excluded from attending for various reasons.

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