Wyoming State Senator Makes Controversial Case For Death Penalty
Embattled Wyoming State Senator Lynn Hutchings made another controversial remark today. Debating a measure that would have repealed the state's death penalty, Hutchings argued that without capital punishment, Jesus Christ could not have died for our sins.
"The greatest man who ever lived died via the death penalty," Hutchings said. "I'm grateful to him because of this. Governments were instituted to execute justice. If it wasn't for Jesus dying via the death penalty, we would all have no hope."
After winning approval in the House of Representatives and passing through the Senate Judiciary Committee, the bill to repeal the death penalty was voted down by the Senate by a margin of 18 to 12.
Hutchings recently dodged calls for her resignation after the Senator allegedly compared homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality to a group of students from Cheyenne Central High School.
Wyoming Equality claims Hutchings told the school's Gay-Straight Alliance on February 1st. "If my sexual orientation was to have sex with all of the men in there and I had sex with all of the women in there and then they brought their children and I had sex with all of them and then brought their dogs in and I had sex with them, should I be protected for my sexual orientation?”
Wyoming Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Barbuto called for the Republican Senator from District 5 to resign following the alleged comments. Hutchings has refused to step down, claiming that she was posing a rhetorical question about a complicated issue.