Wyoming Senate Passes Anti-Gay Marriage Bill 16-14

Wyoming's Senate voted 16-14 to approve a constitutional amendment that would prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere:

Wyoming House Bill 74 passed 16-14 after tagging on a last-second amendment guaranteeing out-of-state couples in civil unions access to Wyoming courts.

Because of the amendment, the bill will now head back to the House to approve the changes. The House passed the legislation late last month 32-27.

Supporters of the bill, House Bill 74, said the legislation is needed to resolve a conflict in Wyoming law, which defines marriage as a contract "between a male and a female person" but also recognizes any valid marriage performed outside the state.


After the final vote, a few dozen people held prayer circles outside the Senate chambers in thanks for the bill's passage.