In defending the judge, the Alliance Defending Freedom is relying, in part, on text found in Article 1, Section 18 of the Wyoming state constitution — provisions that govern religious freedom in the state. It’s a portion of the constitution that proclaims that religious beliefs do not make one ineligible to hold public office.

“The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship without discrimination or preference shall be forever guaranteed in this state, and no person shall be rendered incompetent to hold any office of trust or profit, or to serve as a witness or juror because of his opinion on any matter of religious belief whatever,” the text reads. “But the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of the state.” –  May 2016