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Wyoming Lawmakers to Consider Marriage Equality on Monday

Wyoming lawmakers will consider marriage equality legislation and other LGBT rights legislation this coming Monday.

From the National Center for Lesbian Rights:

WyomingNCLR is working hand in hand with our friends at Wyoming Equality, the Human Rights Campaign, and other supporters to pass the first-ever LGBT equality bills in Wyoming—The Equality State. Three bills—marriage equality, domestic partnership, and non-discrimination—have just been introduced, and the first committee votes are only days away.

At noon on Monday, January 28, the House Corporations Committee will hear testimony on the marriage equality and domestic partnership bills. If one or both pass committee, they will proceed to a vote by the entire House of Representatives a few days later. On Wednesday, Jan 30, at 8 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on the non-discrimination bill.

NCLR urges Wyoming residents to TAKE ACTION NOW and have provided contact information for lawmakers HERE.

As I noted last week, the legislation has bipartisan support.

Read more HERE.

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  1. If this happens, I will be officially shocked. But on a less cynical note, if it does happen, it could really flip the script, so no one can claim it's just New England and NY. What an excellent counterpoint to the murder of Matthew Shepard this could be in Wyoming, 15 years later.

    Posted by: CC | Jan 25, 2013 11:21:19 AM

  2. Hey Andy - There's a problem with the link that is supposed to take us to the contact information for lawmakers. It just links back to this story.

    Posted by: RyanInWyo | Jan 25, 2013 11:29:42 AM

  3. Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote about 50 years before the US Constitution did.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Jan 25, 2013 11:48:26 AM

  4. Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote about 50 years before the US Constitution did.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Jan 25, 2013 11:48:27 AM

  5. It's interesting how all of the national blogs are noting the "bipartisan support", which is fantastic...but it's a funny distinction to those who live in WY.
    The important thing is that the bills have support from the dominant party (R) of what is basically a one party system here. Not that the Democrats aren't fantastic--they really are, there are just so few of them in the legislature.
    BTW, anyone interested in going to Cheyenne on monday can join QAN in a rally before the committee hearing.

    Posted by: Will Welch | Jan 25, 2013 12:49:07 PM

  6. Wyoming was the first place ON EARTH to allow women the vote. The first female governor of a US state was from Wyoming. The first female justice of the peace was from Wyoming. Allowing equality for the LGBT community is one of a long list of positions that Wyoming, a Republican state, is proud of, as am I, a native son. I really, really hope this vote passes. Finger's crossed!

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 25, 2013 2:01:11 PM

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    Posted by: Jay | Jan 25, 2013 2:04:51 PM

  7. I won't hold my breath. This is the state where Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered and despite the WORLDWIDE attention of that case, FIFTEEN YEARS later there is still no hate crimes legislation in this backward, right wing state. That speaks volumes.

    Wyoming politicians are FAILURES.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 25, 2013 2:58:35 PM

  8. I grew up in WY. A one party system of government where Democrats are little more than tokens. They are deeply suspicious of gay people and anyone different (non-white, non-Christian and liberal) are barely tolerated. Granting the right of women to vote was done 150 years ago in a different era and way different sets of circumstances. This is no way applies any feeling of equality to the state, state motto notwithstanding.

    Posted by: Brad | Jan 25, 2013 3:43:56 PM

  9. I predict that both bills will pass out of committee by a vote of at least 5-2. The House Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions committee has 9 members: three of them are sponsors of both bills (James Byrd, Ruth Petroff, and Dan Zwonitzer, all definite AYE votes); one voted for the civil unions bill in committee in 2011, and against the anti-marriage bill the same year (Matthias Greene, definitely an AYE on the civil unions bill and possibly on the marriage bill); one voted against the anti-marriage bill in 2011 (Rosie Berger, probably an AYE); one was the sponsor of the anti-marriage bill in 2011 (the ironically-named Gerald Gay, a definite NAY vote); one voted for the anti-marriage bill in 2011 (Gregg Blikre, a likely NAY vote); and two are new to the legislature this year (Dan Kirkbride, Jerry Paxton).

    So that's four very likely AYE votes; one probably AYE vote, at least on the civil unions bill; two very likely NAY votes; and two unknowns.

    Posted by: David Henderson | Jan 26, 2013 9:51:05 PM

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