A Wyoming lawmaker on Monday testified that she is tired of hearing gays and lesbians equate their struggle for civil rights to the efforts of mixed-race couples to secure the legal right to marry in the late 1960s.
Rep. Lynn Hutchings (R-Cheyenne), a black woman serving her first term in the Wyoming state House, called on gays and lesbians to “please stop carpet-bagging on our civil rights movement.”
Hutchings said being black is a result of genetics. “It is inborn,” she said.
“Science does not evidence a genetic involvement to homosexuality. It is but a choice. Being black is involuntary, it is not a choice. Homosexuals may choose who they want to be.”
Hutchings was testifying against a proposed bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Wyoming.
The bill was defeated by a House committee on Monday.