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Check Out This Awesome Time-Lapse Footage of a Wyoming Supercell Storm Formation: VIDEO

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Earlier this week, storm chasing team Basehunters recorded the formation of an impressive supercell, or rotating thunderstorm, in Wyoming.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP

StormSupercells, according to the National Weather Service, are responsible "for nearly all of the significant tornadoes produced in the U.S. and for most of the hailstones larger than golf ball size."

Coincidentally, they also serve as great marketing tools to tease Halle Berry's role as Storm in next week's release of X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Bipartisan Coalition of 54 Wyoming Lawyers Sign On to Marriage Equality Campaign

A large group of prominent attorneys in Wyoming have signed on to a statement in support of public efforts to overturn the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Gay Star News reports:

WyomingThe 54 attorneys are the first to join the group Wyoming Lawyers for Marriage and the list include former Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank, Democratic Representative Mary Throne, Republican Representative Matt Greene, Laramie County District Attorney Timothy Forwood and four University of Wyoming College of Law professors

Representative Green’s constituency includes the town of Laramie where gay university student Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998.

The state’s Republican governor, Matt Mead, has promised to defend his state’s ban on same-sex marriage at any cost but four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit against the ban earlier this month.

CrankSF Gate adds:

In a column earlier this week published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Crank [pictured] said he's baffled why Wyoming continues to fight the issue. He noted that many in the state fight to keep government out of their business, away from their guns, health care and private lives.

"Yet, when it comes to allowing same-sex couples to marry, apparently this is an appropriate place for the government to intrude," Crank wrote.

Earlier this year, Wyoming Equality and four same-sex Wyoming couples filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The Wyoming Attorney General’s office filed a response in April asking the judge to dismiss the lawsuit. 


Wyoming Asks Judge to Dismiss Challenge to Gay Marriage Ban

The state of Wyoming is asking a U.S. District judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by four gay couples last month challenging the state's ban on gay marriage.

The AP reports: Wyoming

The plaintiffs are the Cheyenne-based gay rights group Wyoming Equality and four couples — two who were married outside Wyoming and two who want to wed in Wyoming. Their lawsuit seeks to force state officials to recognize gay marriages performed outside Wyoming and to allow gay couples to marry inside the state.

In its response, the AG's Office denies many of the plaintiffs' claims. For example, it denies that the state's position on the same-sex marriage issue violates the constitutional rights of same-sex couples and subjects them to "second-class" status relative to the rest of the people in the state.


Former GOP Senator Alan Simpson Pushes for Marriage Equality in New Nationwide Ad: VIDEO

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Former Senator Alan Simpson, a Republican from Wyoming, stars in a new ad from Freedom to Marry urging voters and lawmakers to "live and let live" and allow gays and lesbians to marry.

Says Simpson in the spot:

“I’m a Republican. The party’s basic core is, government out of your life and the right to be left alone. Whether you’re gay or lesbian or straight, if you love someone and you want to marry them, marry them. I've had a wonderful married life. Why shouldn't someone else have the joy of marriage? Live and let live."

The ad, backed with a six-figure buy, will be aired nationally on Fox, MSNBC and CNN and locally in Wyoming, Oklahoma and Colorado, according to Politico.

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Statewide Campaign for Marriage Equality Kicks Off in Wyoming

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A new statewide educational campaign to help build support for marriage equality kicked off on the steps of the Capitol building in Cheyenne, Wyoming on Monday.

WyomingThe initiative, Wyoming Unites for Marriage, is launching in conjunction with the recent suit filed by four gay couples who are challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in court. Casper Star-Tribune reports:

Jeran Artery (pictured, above), chairman of Wyoming Equality, said advocates will hold rallies and discussions throughout the state to build support for the lawsuit and their goal -- to make civil unions between same-sex couples legal in the state.

"As that case makes it way through the courts, there is nothing more important that we can do than have meaningful conversations about why marriage matters to all of Wyoming's families," Artery told supporters Monday.

"At the end of the day, marriage for same-sex couples is about treating others like we would like to be treated," he added. "In Wyoming right now, loving same-sex couples and their families are being denied the protections that only marriage can provide."

LogoRep. Dan Zwonitzer, a Cheyenne Republican who spoke during the rally, says the shifting attitudes among many of his colleagues in the GOP, especially its younger members, means gay marriage will likely be a non-issue within the next 10 years.

“Every year, the Republican Party’s support increases for same-sex marriage, and in the next decade I don’t think it will be an issue anymore,” he said. “It’s a challenge for us in Wyoming to work with the party and work with everyone to get behind the issue.”

Hopefully the Equality State will be able to live up to its namesake sooner, rather than later...


Wyoming Lawmaker Stands by Book Claiming Gays Use AIDS as a Weapon Against Straight People

Wyoming state Rep. Troy Mader is standing by a book he wrote three decades ago during the AIDS crisis which advocated quarantine for sexually active gay men and warns that they prey on children, the Casper Star-Tribune reports:

MaderMader said in an interview with the Star-Tribune the research featured in the book may be a little outdated, since it was written when HIV and AIDS were still relatively new to the medical community. But he still maintains gays are more likely to be promiscuous that heterosexuals, contributing to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

“If you want to participate in that particular lifestyle, that’s your choice,” he said during a telephone interview. “But I reserve the right to say, ‘Hey, there’s risk involved.’”

The AP notes that part of the thesis of the self-published The Death Sentence of AIDS: Vital Information For You and Your Family’s Health and Safety, is that gays use AIDS as a weapon against straight people:

Among the claims in the book are, “[h]omosexuals…purposely infected women to pass AIDS infection into the straight population,” and that “[m]any homosexuals demand the right to have sexual acts with children of any age, including infants.”

The Star-Tribune adds:

The book is mostly comprised of quotes that Mader compiled from sources ranging from Newsweek to “What Homosexuals Do (It’s More than Disgusting),” a publication by Paul Cameron, who is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-gay propagandist. The law center is an organization that investigates what it describes as acts of hate.

Mader's views on marriage are equally archaic:

“I’ll be honest with you: We don’t have standing to change the definition of marriage,” he said. “We didn’t make it. Either nature did, if you believe in evolution, or God did, if you believe in the Bible. But either way, it happened at a time and we can’t effect that change.”

Marriage between one man and one woman has been the pillar of society since the beginning of history, he said.

“And we can play words semantics all we want, but we don’t have the standing to change it,” he said. “It will remain the same regardless of what any legislature does.”

Mader was sworn in this year to represent House District 52 after the death of GOP Rep. Sue Wallis.


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