Read Senator Cynthia Lummis' Letter here and our response below.
Honorable Senator Lummis:
With a heavy yet hopeful heart, I write in response to your letter regarding your support of the misnamed "Respect for Marriage Act." Your letter contains 33 paragraphs and more than 1,000 words, which reminds me of
the Scripture that says, "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he (or she) who holds his tongue is wise." (Proverbs 10:19).
While you cite many references to both the United States and Wyoming Constitutions, it seems to me that your profuse language obfuscates rather than clarifies the issues to be addressed in this poorly considered legislation.
Please permit me to explain the real issues at hand succinctly.
* Marriage is an institution ordained and defined by the Creator of us all, and to assume that any man, woman, potentate, king, or Senator can redefine what God has put into place reeks of arrogance.
* Our most basic and original founding document, the Declaration of Independence, refers to self-evident truths, the first of which holds that all men are created equal. This legislation creates a class of people, homosexuals and
lesbians, and others, who are, in the words of George Orwell, "more equal than others." It creates a special, protected class of people.
* Enforcement of laws, as depicted in the iconic statue of Justice in which Justice is portrayed as being blindfolded, i.e., dealing fairly with all citizens regardless of class or status, is thrown aside in this legislation, abandoning the protection of a just government and ceding enforcement to judicial persecution by private parties against citizens and churches who sincerely hold religious beliefs contrary to this suggested law.
* While professing your support of our federal Constitution, you fail to recognize that the Constitution nowhere gives the federal government authority to define or dictate matters concerning marriage. In the absence of such delegated authority, the matter of marriage is in the exclusive purview of the States.
* One of the timeless principles of the Wyoming Republican Party is the sanctity of marriage, defined as being between one man and one woman. These principles have been introduced and widely supported by the general
population of the citizens of Wyoming and are not subject to arbitrary repudiation by one of our elected "representatives."
Senator Lummis, I have personally supported you during many of your campaigns, notably as you sought the offices of Treasurer and U S Representative.
I humbly appeal to you today, by all that is right and holy and in line with limited government, and for the sake of your reputation as our representative and a defender of our Constitution, to reverse your stance on this misnamed act.
Respectfully and hopefully,
Pastor David Holland
Vice Chairman, Wyoming Republican Party