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Wyoming state Senate votes to prohibit recognition of same-sex unions

Saturday, February 19, 2011

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming state Senate on Friday voted in favor of House Bill 74, which would prohibit recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed outside the state.

But the Senate also amended the bill to specify that same-sex couples who entered civil unions or marriage contracts in other states could still access Wyoming courts to resolve any disputes that arise in their relationships.

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

Proponents of the bill say they want to preserve the traditional definition of marriage in the state. But opponents say the bill is an attack on gay and lesbian citizens.

“It seems to me that there are outside entities that are trying to come into the Equality State of Wyoming to try to dictate some of this bigotry and hatred,” Sen. John Hastert, D-Green River, said during the debate.

Meanwhile, there are indications that a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage — Senate Joint Resolution 5 — may not pass the Wyoming House, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.

The anti-gay marriage amendment, which passed the Senate 20-10 late last month, has been languishing in the House for the past week.

House Majority Leader Tom Lubnau (R-Gillette), who controls when bills are voted on, said Friday that he hasn’t decided whether to bring up SJR5 before next Friday’s deadline.

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29 more reader comments:

  1. GRRR! WHEN WILL THIS BULLSHIT STOP!

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:15pm
  2. Whenever the pricks get their “panties out of a bunch.” if you know what I mean :P

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:16pm
  3. Well wyoming sucks and can suck a big one…just saying!

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:16pm
  4. really 1 step forward 3 back grrr god damn!

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:17pm
  5. Wyoming can blow itself

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:17pm
  6. Sad…JUST SAD!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:18pm
  7. you’d think they be more willing after Matthew Shepard…

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:21pm
  8. What else should we expect from the state were Matthew Shepard and Brandon Teena were killed?

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:22pm
  9. Have fun on the wrong side of history, Wyoming! Take a good long look at your wee little grandbabies, because 20 years from now they will be embarrassed to be related to such raging homophobes!

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:24pm
  10. Eh. Look on the bright side.. Is there really any reason to go to Wyoming anyway? Probably not :)

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:26pm
  11. Eh certain states like Wyoming will never support gay rights. Although alas someday the Feds will set the rules and it won’t matter what they think.

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:27pm
  12. Am i surprised not a bit…

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:27pm
  13. well. I live in wyoming and the death of mathew made more impact on the nation then the state. There are accepting people here but its not the majority obviously.

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:31pm
  14. Perhaps they should just stop recognizing any marriages. That would make more sense. But there are probably like 100 people in Wyoming 10 are probably openly gay. 1 is probably some mormon guy with 20 wives and 70 children who are all in the state legislature and voted to ban gay marriage. So really have some more babies and enjoy life with buffalo. Geeze!

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:35pm
  15. Lol I guess the main reason I want gay marriage is the legal aspect. Other wise I don’t care much.

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:37pm
  16. Well if we allow gays in our state to get married, then they’ll think that they belong here and we don’t want that. (sarcasm much?)
    Freaking douches.
    Can’t they realize that gay people don’t ONLY want sex and straight people aren’t the only ones who deserve love. EVERYONE wants to be loved.

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 11:00pm
  17. This is a disappointment. Being born and raised in Wyoming, I would like to think they were more progressive than this.

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 11:11pm
  18. Of course. They don’t make any laws unless they benefit the wealthy! Equality state my ass!

    Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 11:36pm
  19. sucks…

    Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 12:19am
  20. of course the next will be latino couplings, bring on the discrimination nothing state

    Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 12:56am
  21. Jeez WY, it’s the 21st century.
    Lets out the marriage police.
    Onward, Joe Mustich, CT Justice of the Peace,
    Washington Green, CT USA

    Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 6:11am
  22. well thats messed up

    Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 6:37am
  23. Ok as of now I fucking hate Wyoming!!! when the hell will the discrimination stop?!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 7:31am
  24. ….. dislikes …..

    Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 8:16am
  25. wyoming … the redneck state !

    Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 10:43am
  26. Where is Wyoming anyway?

    Seriously, though, those “red” states will do their thing to “keep out the mutants” as they see it, but patience, patience.. In a number of years that, too, will fall..
    I rather suspect such a law is on shaky Constitutional ground.
    The courts there may be populated with white haired backward-looking judges but they will eventually retire and/or die off, leaving room for people (hopefully) with brains and common sense.
    In Massachusetts, same-sex marriage was legalized by the MSJC in 2004, under the nose of a Republican governor, no less. (Mitt in ’12 anyone???) and it is clear for ALL to see that the sky did not fall, children were not “corrupted” or born with three eyes, etc., and life goes on as it did before except now more couples.. of all kinds.. are enjoying marriage. Or (ahem) not enjoying it..
    But as written above, it’s the principle here not necessarily the institution itself as in “Let us choose, not the State”.

    Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 11:18am
  27. who does ?

    Posted on Monday, February 21, 2011 at 11:08am
  28. Ok, well, to start with, I’m a resident of Wyoming. And I find it pretty shocking that all of you touting open-mindedness and modern thinking have decided to label us all discriminating rednecks. Pretty sad, really, considering that gay marriage has been a heavily debated national issue for quite some time. Clearly the entire US of A is still having growing pains, and calling out Wyoming on this is pretty unfair.

    There are many people here – of a variety of political affiliations – who are fighting to protect gay rights. We have gay family members, friends, neighbors, acquaintances. They are members of our communities, just like anywhere else. Give us a break. Of course there are Wyoming people who want to see traditional marriage preserved. Just like there are conservatives in any other state. But there are also people here who want to see greater freedom for everyone.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 2:07am
  29. We are everywhere and people might want to watch how much hatred they throw our way until we all get tierd of being bullied everyday and it turns into another world war!!!!!!!!!! BACK OFF

    Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 3:20pm