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Wyomingites Protest Anti-Gay Marriage Bill

Protests over Wyoming's new bill that would ban gay marriages performed elsewhere popped up all over the state this weekend. Dozens of students marched on the campus of the University of Wyoming on Friday protesting the bill, refered to as HB 74, some carrying signs emblazoned with the state's flag and slogan, "The Equality State." The students also protested another bill that would make it a crime for immigrants to not carry an alien registration documents.

 Meanwhile, reports on a rally in Casper on Saturday:

WyomingitesParticipants held signs that said "Civil rights for Wyomingites" and "Protect our people like we protect guns" and waved to passersby on Center Street. They said most of the reaction was positive. Many people oppose the bill, and the state Legislature doesn't reflect the community, said Pamela Kandt, who unsuccessfully ran for the state House in 2010. "All the social conservatives ran on a platform of no more government intrusion," Kandt said. "They're not consistent with the philosophy that got them elected. We just need to not mess with the laws until the Supreme Court deals with it." Leah Janssen, of Casper, agreed that state lawmakers supporting this bill increase government intrusion into people's lives. She attended the rally because "silence is acceptance."

On Friday, a Senate Judiciary Committee passed a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. goes on to report that "if HB74 passes the House on its third reading Monday, it will be debated in the Senate." Wyomingites are encouraged to call and e-mail their representatives this weekend.

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  1. Young people are our future and it is wonderful to see them making a statement for equal rights.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 23, 2011 10:42:56 AM

  2. Steve/Andy: I've pointed this out before, but I'll point it out again, because the way we--as gay people--frame our civil rights matters. We don't have to follow the language of our opposition.

    The Wyoming bill doesn't seek to ban "gay marriages." There is no such things as gay marriage. Gay couples who are married in VT, MA, IA etc. are, in the legal eyes of those states, married; they are not gay-married. The Wyoming bill--like DOMA--discriminates against gay couples who are legally married. No gay couple seeks to have their "gay marriage" recognized--they seek to have their marriage recognized, just as a straight couple would (except straight couples don't have to).

    Posted by: Ernie | Jan 23, 2011 11:55:54 AM

  3. The Republican congressmen must hate the state motto, "The Equality State." It really is a life in the face of death contradiction to what the Republican party is all about. The Republican party is the antithesis to equality. This situation is a crystal clear illustration of how hoary the Republican party is.

    Posted by: FlexSF | Jan 23, 2011 2:29:38 PM

  4. @ Ernie. You're correct.

    Posted by: FlexSF | Jan 23, 2011 2:31:25 PM

  5. And still not a peep out of Dick Cheney. How odd...

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 23, 2011 3:05:24 PM

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