As so-called "religious freedom" bills make their way through state legislatures around the nation, you would think that Republican lawmakers would be very careful about making sure their words could not be misconstrued as bigoted toward the LGBTQ community. Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming apparently didn't get that memo.
While speaking to students at Greybull High School and Middle School on Thursday, Enzi said that "in Wyoming you can be just about anything you want to be, as long as you don’t push it in somebody’s face. I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is always surprised that he gets in fights. Well, he kind of asks for it. That’s the way that he winds up with that kind of problem. I’d be interested in any solutions that you have for how we can make that work better."
He then added, "The biggest thing that we need is civility."
Enzi's remarks were given in response to the question, "What work are you and your comrades doing to improve the life of the LGBT community in Wyoming? How do you plan to help Wyoming live up to its name as ‘The Equality State?’"
The story was initially picked up by Matthew Burciaga, the editor of the school's Greybull Standard, which also provided a transcript of the event as well as the original audio footage.
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