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More Bad Gay-Related Legislative News In Wyoming

Lots of anti-gay legislative news has come out of Wyoming this month. The bad news continued this past Friday when bills that would introduce marriage equality and legalize civil unions died at The House Judiciary Committee.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports:

6a00d8341c730253ef0148c8012e59970c-800wi"The House Judiciary Committee split 5-4 on whether the rights and protections of marriage should be expanded to civil unions. Supporters argued that House Bill 150 is a practical solution for a state that doesn't recognize common-law unions. Opponents countered that the bill represents a slippery slope toward legitimizing homosexual marriages. Meanwhile, the proposal in House Bill 149 to redefine marriage as a union between two natural persons instead of one man and one woman died for lack of a motion."

"Couples living together as spouses shouldn't be treated as single individuals under the law, said Laramie resident Will Welch. He added that tradition is a weak argument to block either proposal when things like slavery and racism were once considered tradition. Either bill would recognize the right to be in a valid, loving relationship, said Joe Corrigan, a Cheyenne resident and chairman of Wyoming Equality, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals."

But even before all of that: late last week the House approved a bill prohibiting recognition of out of state same-sex marriages and civil unions.

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  1. Wow, Wyoming. Talk about your race to the bottom...

    Posted by: ichabod | Jan 30, 2011 8:53:35 AM

  2. The air is very thin up there. Those cowboys and cowgirls aren't really as dumb as they seem. It is just a lack of oxygen.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jan 30, 2011 8:55:03 AM

  3. People actually live in Wyoming?

    Posted by: Ben | Jan 30, 2011 10:09:59 AM

  4. Shorter Wyoming Republicans: "We hate big government walking all over our rights! Unless you're a fag. Then we LOVE big government, and will use its power to keep you under our jackboots!"

    Posted by: Kurt | Jan 30, 2011 10:10:20 AM

  5. ...ah just waiting for Yellowstone to Blow....BYE BYE Wy!

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | Jan 30, 2011 10:41:30 AM

  6. "The bad news continued this past Friday when bills that would redefine marriage and legalize civil unions died at The House Judiciary Committee."

    So, what's with the NOM propaganda "redefine marriage" in your opening paragraph?

    "Redefine marriage"? I'm sure Maggie G. would be quite happy to know that Towleroad has taken the bait and now writes about gay and lesbian unions as "redefining" marriage.

    Marriage in the form of civil unions is not a "redefinition" of anything. It's an acknowledgement that gays and lesbians are full and equal citizens of any state in the Union and, as consenting adults, have the same right to enter into a marriage with their partner as any other citizen does.

    "Redefine marriage"? I expect better from Towleroad.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 30, 2011 11:15:01 AM

  7. All the repuglicans now are competing with each other to see how anti-gay they can appear and what they can get away with. Is there a line they will not cross in Wyoming, Florida and elsewhere? If history is any guide when fascists have unfettered power - the answer is no.

    Posted by: milo | Jan 30, 2011 11:38:14 AM

  8. Am I right; has Wyoming decided their laws are better than any state that recognizes marriage equality? Are they able to discriminate against legally married couples and take away their rights? WTF!?!?!

    Posted by: mad1026 | Jan 30, 2011 12:00:11 PM

  9. Which one of us will pilot the chopper for gay evacuees?

    Posted by: Captain Hungus | Jan 30, 2011 12:29:17 PM

  10. Jamal,

    The "redefine marriage" bit was quoted from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

    Posted by: rafi | Jan 30, 2011 2:38:05 PM

  11. Wyoming: The Equality State [sic].

    Posted by: JOE 2 | Jan 30, 2011 2:38:36 PM

  12. Love RAFI's comment!! We're about ready to start writing the words "HELP US!" on our roofs! The problem is that we will always be the minority and no matter how many people we fight, they will win just because they have the votes. If you look up Representative Gerald Gay's profiles on google you'll see what kind of people we are dealing with. He now is worried about Sharia law in Wyoming. What a piece of work! Stupid and armed people. How do you fight that? Their plan is to take away any and all judicial recourse we might have. Frustrating beyond relief. They will put us on reservations next.

    Posted by: Brad | Jan 30, 2011 3:38:52 PM

  13. @Ben--Yes people live here in WY. Gay people too. thanks for that.
    @Everyone: It is very important to note, in fact urgent to note that THIS YEAR IS MUCH WORSE THAN ANY BEFORE. Antigay bills have been introduced in the WY legislature many times before and never made it anywhere. It's very unfortunate that the civil unions bill got killed in committee, but even worse is the UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS OF THE ANTI-GAY BILLS. In the past, they have always died immediately, if not in committee, in the House and by large majorities including many republicans. This is the first year that we've seen these anti-gay bills (two of them this year) advance this far and HB 74 has a very good chance of clearing the legislature. We've had a really crazy election in which supposed anti-govermnent tea partiers gained numbers in the legislature and turned out to be invasive theocrats. In my opinion, this suddenly emense support of anti-gay legislation and lack of support for civil unions is not an accurate reflection of opinion in Wyoming. I'm not saying it's like the Twin Cities over here. Marriage equality almost certainly is not accepted by the majority, but niether is this crazy gay-hating witch hunt that is HB 74 and SJ 5. These are being pushed by NOM and our own homegrown cabal of fringe assclowns knowns as WYWatch. Unfortunately, after an election that was won by uberconservatives because of completely different issues, the assclowns have the ear of this years legislature. Still, we continue to fight back.
    Will Welch

    Posted by: Will Welch | Jan 30, 2011 5:00:17 PM

  14. So much for the idea that if we just ask nicely for Civil Unions we'll get them and therefore we should never think about marriage.

    The opposition is against EVERYTHING.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Jan 30, 2011 5:37:37 PM

  15. @Will: we empathize with you in Iowa. The Tea Party candidates that won this past November in sufficient numbers to switch the Iowa House of Representatives to Republican power are the loudest voices pushing to turn back marriage equality in Iowa. And their proposals go further than similar efforts of the past and now include banning civil unions, domestic partnerships, etc. In the early half of the 2000s, the Republicans couldn't pass a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage even though they were in the majority; now all of a sudden it's a priority?! But this illustrates how different the Tea Party activists feel. Fortunately, we have a very slim Democratic majority in the Iowa Senate for the next two years that will block all attempts by the Republicans; but a majority of one seat is scary. Keep up the good fight!

    Posted by: Aaron | Jan 30, 2011 9:07:23 PM

  16. To Captain Hungus: If you'll fly the chopper, I'll ride shotgun.

    Posted by: ZZ | Jan 31, 2011 11:25:44 AM

  17. Remember the people of Laramie saying that it was the sort of thing that couldn't happen there even after it happened there? Wyoming, home of Dick Cheney, is showing us two things: the hate that moved the rest of the world all those years ago has moved the Wyoming legislature to forge boldy ahead. They are also showing us that when they say they are against redefining marriage what they mean they are against us. And they are against us because they hate us. Sure what happened there could have happened anywhere. But it didn't happen anywhere did it?

    Posted by: Don | Jan 31, 2011 1:16:37 PM

  18. @RAFI It may be that the quote came from the news source, but it was written as a part of the opening paragraph with no quotes-marks around it to indicate it was a direct quote from the new article.

    Also, please note that the opening paragraph has been edited and rewritten.

    Thanks, though. Peace.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 31, 2011 3:19:25 PM

  19. One thing to note: The only not-batshit-crazy argument that was used against us in committee was that civil unions are basically the same thing as gay marriage. Not exactly true, but anyway--the argument was that if someone is against marriage equality, they should also be against civil unions because civil unions ARE gay marriage. --> No point in asking for civil unions. May as well go for full equality next time.

    Posted by: Will Welch | Jan 31, 2011 6:14:40 PM

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