Sen. Cynthia Lumis (R-Wy.) while giving a commencement speech at the University of Wyoming on Saturday was vehemently shouted at after she said it was a “fundamental scientific truth” that only men and women can be.
Loomis said in his speech, “There are people in the government who do not believe that the Creator has given us inalienable rights … but that government has created those rights.” “And the government must redefine those rights, including our rights to freedom of speech, religion, property, assembly, and the freedom to keep and bear arms. Even fundamental scientific truths – such as the existence of two sexes, male and female – are under challenge these days.”
After that last sentence the students erupted in glee and glee – and they continued for about 30 seconds as Loomis awkwardly smiled across the stage.
You can watch the moment here, which starts exactly around 49:40.
The conservative Republican initially looked like she was going to push back on her criticism, but then got better at it.
“And I challenge those of you—” Lumis began before changing behavior. “I’m not commenting on the fact that there are people who transition between the sexes.”
“Yes you are!” A student can be heard shouting back.
He then resumed his prepared remarks, with little fanfare.
lumis later issued an apology – Not for what he said, but for potentially offending anyone who disagrees with his claims.
“My reference to the existence of the two sexes was to highlight the time in which we find ourselves, at a time when the metric of biological sex is at odds with the potential implications of the shared Wyoming value of equality,” she said in a statement. said, as Reported by Oil City News, a Wyoming-based locally owned and independent news platform. “I share the fundamental belief that women and men are equal, but also recognize that there are biological differences and circumstances in which these differences need to be recognized.”
“That being said, it was never my intention to make anyone feel rejected or humiliated, and I apologize for that,” Loomis said.
On Sunday, Ed Seidel, President of the University of Wyoming, politely issued a statement saying that the university stands with the students on this.
“One of our speakers made a comment about biological sex that many people on campus raise the issue,” Seidel said, referring to an address that began the day before. “While we respect the right of everyone from students to elected officials to express their views, we clearly state that UW is an organization that supports and celebrates its diverse communities that are collectively What makes us the wonderful place we are.”
“We welcome the incredible personalities and intelligence of all our dynamic and diverse students and never want you to feel otherwise.”