‘‘The fact of the matter is that this is something that’s pushed on us to be politically correct. ‘Let’s be the Equality State,'’’ he said, mimicking the bill’s supporters and a reference to the state’s nickname.
Republican Rep. Sue Wallis, who co-sponsored all three bills, said gay rights underscores some divisions within the Republican Party. She said some people in the party are conservative and don’t want the government to interfere in their businesses, communities or families.
‘‘We have kind of an ultra-religious faction that agrees with us on part of that equation,’’ she said. ‘‘When it comes to the most personal, most private and most intimate decisions anybody ever has to make, they want to put the state of Wyoming in the middle of that decision.
‘‘I don’t think that’s right,’’ said Wallis, who also strongly opposes efforts to limit access to abortion services in the state.
Sen. John Schiffer, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, a former Senate president and a rancher, voted for the anti-discrimination bill and said support of the measure fits with the Constitution that all people are created equal, and have equal rights.
Schiffer said he’s heard from constituents on both sides but hasn’t received any particular criticism.
‘‘It’s a sign of the times,’’ Schiffer said. ‘‘People are really thinking about those things and trying to deal with them, and deal with them according to their own conscience. It’s tough to do. It’s a process, but I think we are trying to deal with it.’’