Wyoming Committee Boots Out Obnoxious Member

A committee in the Wyoming House of Representatives kicked one of its members out of a meeting during which they voted to advance a bill to provide anti-discrimination protection for LGBT people. Why? Because the guy was being incredibly obnoxious about the whole thing.

A House of Representatives committee passed a bill that would protect gay and transgender people from discrimination in Wyoming, but not before ejecting a representative from the meeting.

Senate File 115 would add “sexual orientation or gender identity” to existing laws that protect people from discrimination based on race, religion, age and other protected classes. The bill had previously passed the Senate and now moves to the House floor for debate.

Rep. Harlan Edmonds, R-Cheyenne, was kicked out of the House Labor, Health and Social Services meeting Friday, after proposing an amendment to the bill that would make it effective when “hell freezes over,” instead of the date of July 1.

Committee Chairwoman Rep. Elaine Harvey, R-Lovell, had started the Friday afternoon meeting insisting people would remain civil. She told Edmonds to leave after his comment, which followed a more than two-hour discussion in which he also asked the bill’s supporters why pedophilia wasn’t in the bill.

“We said civility would prevail,” Harvey said.

This is exactly the sort of thing I can see Gordon Klingenschmitt doing in the Colorado legislature. When you elect assholes to office, you can’t be surprised when they behave like assholes.

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  • kantalope

    Can’t say he wasn’t representing the people that voted for him.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    A good Christian was prosecuted for professing his faith in the Public Square!

    Soon pink jackboots will be kicking down our doors and forcing themselves down our throats!

    Send MONEY!!!1!

  • John Pieret

    he also asked the bill’s supporters why pedophilia wasn’t in the bill

    Possibly because pedophilia is illegal but homosexuality is not?

    What he should be concerned with is getting protections for morons added to the bill.

  • tbp1

    Isn’t Wyoming heavily Republican? And yet they are passing legislation like this, at least through committee (of course it remains to be seen if it actually become law). I think that’s potentially a big deal.

  • whheydt

    There are several towns around the country named Hell. At least one is in a place with a very cold climate. If the proposed language were to be included and the bill passed promptly, the law would go into effect immediately instead of being delayed until 1 July..

  • Trebuchet

    Wyoming is of course the first state to give women the vote. As well as the natal state of my mother and Dick Cheney….

  • Chiroptera

    …in which he also asked the bill’s supporters why pedophilia wasn’t in the bill.

    Because the Wyoming state constitution requires that all bills must contain only one subject, and, aside from being things that scare Edmonds, same sex marriage and pedophilia are different subjects.

    Edmonds is certainly welcome to introduce another bill legalizing pedophilia and arguing in its favor on its own merits.

  • lorn

    Hell Norway (pop around 1500) freezes every December and stays frozen until March.


  • heddle
  • heddle

    Oops, I like lorn’s (#8) better.

  • dan4

    @7: Read the block quote again. The bill was not about gay marriage.

  • Kermit Sansoo


    Yes, the blockquote includes

    which followed a more than two-hour discussion in which he also asked the bill’s supporters why pedophilia wasn’t in the bill..


    Like many homophobes, he dishonestly conflates pedophilia and homosexuality. Like most authoritarians, he is unclear on the concept of informed consent, and therefore never understands the important moral distinction between those two sets of sexual behaviors. (Only behaviors are moral or not; simple desires cannot be helped and are not in themselves good or bad.) They have a difference other than they make him queasy to think about them, and/or are on the forbidden list.

  • martinc

    The line I found interesting in that article was this:

    The law shouldn’t dictate how religious people can treat others, said Pastor Tim Moyer of Emmanuel Bible Church of Star Valley.

    That’s the sort of thing that is usually followed by “Wait, let me rephrase that.”