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Wyoming lawmaker hopes national victories will lead to local progress

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Wyoming lawmaker is hoping that recent victories for marriage equality around the nation and growing support for LGBT rights, will translate to success during the state’s upcoming legislative session.

State Rep. Cathy Connolly (D-Laramie) said she or another legislator will likely sponsor a bill allowing civil unions or gay marriages in the state, according to the Wyoming News.

Connolly, who is openly gay, said she will also introduce a bill to prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Connolly unsuccessfully pushed for all three of the measures during the last general legislative session in 2011, but said she said she believes this time the odds will be more in their favor.

“I think the time is right,” said Connolly. “The reality is that coast to coast we are seeing that states are more comfortable with same-sex marriage now.”

State Sen. Leslie Nutting (R-Cheyenne), one of the co-sponsors of a failed 2011 resolution that would have let voters amend the state constitution to indicate that “only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in Wyoming,” predicted that Connolly’s bills will again fail.

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4 more reader comments:

  1. There’s no harm in hoping.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:17pm
  2. We’re all hoping for this.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:33pm
  3. = for all

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 3:48pm
  4. Fingers crossed that Wyoming is gonna do the right thing and approve equality across the board

    Posted on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:24pm