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Wyoming House Rejects Marriage Equality Bill in 41-17 Vote

ConnollyWyoming's House of Representatives has voted 41-17 to reject a bill that would have given gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry, the Casper Star-Tribune reports:

House Bill 87, sponsored by Rep. Cathy Connolly, D-Laramie, would have changed the law that says marriage is a contract between a male and female to marriage being a contract between two natural persons.

...Connolly, who is openly gay, said there are 12,877 gay people in Wyoming. On a personal note, she said she’s lived in Wyoming for two decades and has chosen to raise her son here.

“If I want to get married to the woman that I love, I want to do it here,” she said.

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  1. Wyoming's website provides this additional information (if you piece it together):
    http://legisweb.state.wy.us

    All eight Democrats voted for it.
    Nine Republicans also voted for it.

    Two Republicans were "Excused" from voting, but the rest voted against.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 13, 2014 7:19:21 PM


  2. I guess Wyoming never learned it's lesson.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Feb 13, 2014 7:26:50 PM


  3. Does anyone else find it ironic that Wyoming is officially known as the "Equality State" and its motto is "Equal Rights"?

    Posted by: WTFFF | Feb 13, 2014 7:32:31 PM


  4. There are 12,877 gay people living in Silver Lake.

    Posted by: Marty | Feb 13, 2014 8:04:33 PM


  5. Wyoming: still contentedly in the Lavender Scare of the 1950s. An important read:

    Dying for Joe McCarthy's Sins: The Suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt

    at http://www.amazon.com/Dying-Joe-McCarthys-Sins-Suicide/dp/0983027595/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392340027&sr=1-1&keywords=dying+for+joe+mccarthy%27s+sins

    Posted by: MFinBH | Feb 13, 2014 8:09:50 PM


  6. the courts have to decide. Civil rights should never be put up to a vote. If they were Mississippi would not allow inter-racial marriage according to a recent poll.

    Posted by: terry | Feb 13, 2014 8:15:06 PM


  7. I think it's a sign of progress that without any campaigning for this bill that I can see, nine Republican House members voted for marriage equality.

    Maybe the Domestic Partners bill would do better this year. Last year it failed 24 to 34.

    Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Feb 13, 2014 8:16:22 PM


  8. Many who voted against it likely did so to avoid the bill coming up during the brief budget session. Next year we'll have a better chance.

    Posted by: Stefan | Feb 13, 2014 8:34:03 PM


  9. Wyoming State Motto: "EQUAL RIGHTS". No joke!

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 13, 2014 8:43:14 PM


  10. Keep at it Wyoming. Equality will come to you soon enough.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 13, 2014 11:43:04 PM


  11. Who are these people?

    Posted by: You | Feb 14, 2014 8:56:20 AM


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