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Wyoming House committee passes bill to invalidate out-of-state gay marriages

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — In the final minutes of the day, a Wyoming House committee voted 4-2 on Tuesday to approve a bill which would invalidate same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.

The bill has until Thursday — when the legislative session ends — to pass both the House and the Senate.

In order to pass the bill this year, rather than waiting until the next legislative session, Republicans conceded to remove the “civil unions” language from the bill altogether. So apparently out-of-state civil unions will still be valid in — ironically — the “Equality State.”

The Casper Tribune reports:

The House’s version of the bill stated that same-sex marriages and civil unions aren’t entitled to any obligations, benefits or protections under Wyoming law; the Senate added a clause guaranteeing people in a legal out-of-state civil union would have access to Wyoming courts.

But with the Legislature set to adjourn for the year on Thursday, the conference committee took out all language dealing with civil unions and court access.

While Democrats are opposed to the bill, they may not have enough votes to stop the bill from passing.

Supporters of the legislation, House Bill 74, said it’s 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.

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16 more reader comments:

  1. Fail.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:47pm
  2. They can all eat a dick. I am not planning on living there, and I pity anyone who would.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:51pm
  3. I would imagine that Matthew. Shepard is kicking in the grave. Can we not evolve?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:57pm
  4. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY?? ONE STEP FORWARD AND FOUR STEPS BACK?????????

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:58pm
  5. Who likes this?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 7:58pm
  6. Land of the free, and home of the stupid. I don’t like believing this, but it’s hard to evade my opinion with the given evidence.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 8:04pm
  7. This is ridiculous.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 8:04pm
  8. Liking it is simply a way for someone to follow the story without leaving a comment. Either that or some douche bags joined the group to keep tabs on us and really does like it

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 8:05pm
  9. and another two steps back….idiots

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 8:06pm
  10. i live in wyoming and its one of many painful realizations that intolerance is what the majority here believe in.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 8:09pm
  11. Here’s hoping that Wyoming has a wake up call before Thursday. Call all your elected politicians and flood their in boxes and phones.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 8:31pm
  12. How many people think Wyoming is shooting their tourism industry in the horseshoe

    Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 9:40pm
  13. i grew up in wyoming… and it was absolute hell! i really feel that what happened to mathew sheppard is a prime example of how the state feels about us. once the national news left the state went right back to thinking it should be ok to kill queers for fun. in fact some kid from the town where i went to high school even felt like that was uncontroviersial enough to allow a reporter doing a look back piece on mathew sheppard to quote him.

    and of course the report was in this town following a lead on a gay student at that high school who had contacted local law enforcement because the harassment was violent and consistent.

    i feel sorry for the lgbt people who are still stuck in that state. i’ve never hated anything as much as i hate wyoming. i really do have rant about how horrible it is every time it’s brought up. i’m still haunted by the belief that i should have killed myself when i was a little kid. wyoming was such a horrible place to grow up. now that i’ve “survived” it i’m left with a gaping hole in my life where my childhood should be. for me life didn’t start till i was far away from wyoming.

    also wyoming’s slogan of being the equality state is such a farse! they only gave women the right to vote so they’d have the population count to qualify as a state/territory.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 12:50pm
  14. HB 74 died!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 6:17pm
  15. Matthew Shepard’s MOM AND ELLEN are not going to stand for this!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 10:05pm
  16. Some people like links and notes so they can track them later either to follow up or read further comments if you click like its a way of saying to facebook “Ive read this I want to know what else is said and it was pretty awesome”

    Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 1:00am