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Laramie lawmaker introduces bill to allow same-sex marriage in Wyoming

Monday, February 10, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A Laramie lawmaker is pushing legislation to change Wyoming state law to allow same-sex marriages.

WyomingDemocratic Rep. Cathy Connolly’s bill would rewrite the current definition of marriage as being a civil contract between a man and a woman.

The bill would specify only that marriage is a civil contract between two people, without any mention of their sex.

Connolly is a lesbian and has pushed gay rights legislation for years. The House last year defeated bills she supported that would have permitted same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships.

Connolly’s same-sex marriage bill will require a two-thirds vote in the House for introduction in the current budget session.

Connolly says she wants the state to be on the right side of history on the issue of equal rights for gays and lesbians.

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  1. Garrett Piersa

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:38pm
  2. Ha! That’s great, even if it is impossible that it will succeed.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:38pm
  3. Thank you world

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:39pm
  4. Omg!!! Broke Back Mountain

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:39pm
  5. It will soon if so, so it will be possible in the future.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:39pm
  6. Hoping for a great outcome!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:40pm
  7. great Legacy for Laramie to over come Matthew Sheppard…i wish them success!

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:41pm
  8. I could be a cowboy

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:41pm
  9. That’s cool and all, but there’s no reason this should have to be “allowed” in the first place. Nor should people have to specifically “come out”. It should just be. Still too much ignorance in this world and at this point, it’s on purpose, considering all the information we have available these days to educate ourselves.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:42pm
  10. That’s great. But Wyoming sucks

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:42pm
  11. Why does Wyoming suck?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:20am
  12. THE EQUALITY STATE!!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:28am
  13. WHatever, Jackson is awesome! So is Yosemite and Yellowstone National Park!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:33am
  14. Wyoming is AWESOME!!!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:49am
  15. I love Wyo

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:00am
  16. Besides wouldn't it be better if gay marriage passes then you could suck legally as a married couple....

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:04am
  17. I forgot Wyoming existed until now...

    Replied on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:41am
  18. Now all those ranchers who live next door can combine their spreads and move in together.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:45pm
  19. My hometown! Here’s hoping for a good outcome.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:45pm
  20. Incredible

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:46pm
  21. I thought this place would’ve been first

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:48pm
  22. Jason Ostrom

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:49pm
  23. I totally forgot Wyoming being a state! lol

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:54pm
  24. Finally somthing positive whenever lgbtq nation post somthing i get either depressed mad or worried lol

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:55pm
  25. MY STATE!! Come on now.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:57pm
  26. That is really sad if Wyoming has Same-Sex Marriage before SC. This is amazing that times are changing but SC is stuck with no progress.

    Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:58pm
  27. yea…right on Wyoming…still think since the govt is in so much should just make it legal everywhere in the U.S. that is called EQUALITY

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:01am
  28. Maybe “The Equality State” will live up to its nickname!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:05am
  29. Now can you stop killing innocent Wolves too Wyoming? DX

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:15am
  30. Go Wyoming!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:17am
  31. Wyoming is the Equality State…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:20am
  32. One more domino.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:28am
  33. Ryan White finally has his day in Wyoming.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:30am
  34. I hope the law does get passed there

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:39am
  35. Can’t see that happening in Wyoming, the state with not one gay bar?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:41am
  36. FINALLY making Matthew Shepherd proud.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:43am
  37. YES!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:46am
  38. Now do the right thing and pass the bill!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:49am
  39. I live in Wyoming and This is awesome. Time for the Equality State to live up to it’s name.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:49am
  40. go Wyoming

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:09am
  41. Awesome!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:13am
  42. And for the 5 people who live there..Go Wyo!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:16am
  43. Wow this could begin to heal what happened to Matthew Shepard.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:19am
  44. Come on Wyoming! Marriage equality now!! Stop trying to manage the bedrooms!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:28am
  45. Millie Vercauteren

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:28am
  46. About time! I can just see all those cowboys itching to get married on broke back mountain.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:41am
  47. Awesome. Thank you

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:42am
  48. FINALLY!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:44am
  49. This is awesome news, it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:50am
  50. Why not, its the setting for brokeback mountain. Lol

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:53am
  51. I think they should in memory of Matthew Shepard!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:54am
  52. The Laramie Project!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:54am
  53. I live in Wyoming. Hope it goes through but wouldnt be the first time it would be shot down either though. Were sadly stuck in 1810 and there is more than ten people in the state and Mathew Shepard died due to a horrible rath of boys with robberies and drugs. Not because he was just gay even though that is what is nationally known for. My friends know him and his family on a very person level. It was a media frenzy that the mother thrived on and went with and still does to this day. It was a horrible and tragic death none the less.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:57am
  54. Break a leg

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:02am
  55. I remember Matthew. I don’t trust them. My question is, why now?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:03am
  56. If only Matthew Shepard could have lived to see it.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:14am
  57. Love this State

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:15am
  58. That’s a beautiful thing

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:30am
  59. go go go :-)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:55am
  60. Are all 18 people that live there gonna vote…? Lol

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:55am
  61. Ryan Patrick McGrath

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:01am
  62. about time! they are the first state that allowed women to vote! I am surprised that it took them this long to introduce it…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:03am
  63. Alisha Ridsdale

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:05am
  64. Amazing.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:09am
  65. way to go my other home state

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:11am
  66. Does this mean you might stay in Wyoming now Brooke Larner? I just might have to move there instead!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:17am
  67. It’s about time we try to get some equality here!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:30am
  68. awesome only 1 hour from me,,hope it goes through and passes ;-)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:32am
  69. Yeah!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:43am
  70. The revenge of Matthew Sheppard!!!!! Sweet!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 3:50am
  71. I broke my back there.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:04am
  72. Yea hooo!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:45am
  73. I should thanks to Matthew Shepard!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 4:51am
  74. I guess Old Cheney will come out smokin on this one! Don’t go hunting with him! LOL

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:04am
  75. boy we know Utah is backwards when even Wyoming is more progressive than us.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:06am
  76. Rumal Kaluarachchi, so sad but true.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:27am
  77. I’ll bet Matthew is doing a dance in heaven!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:43am
  78. Gay pride !!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:50am
  79. Good for him!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:50am
  80. Google “The Laramie Project”

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:32am
  81. Fuck that, I’m never going there

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:33am
  82. I think the bf and I will be making the 47 mile trip north to make it official then :)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:45am
  83. This may be so but soon they will retract as Nevada did.. no one can stand their ground on the important stuff.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:11am
  84. Brokeback Mountain

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 9:02am
  85. Considering the Matthew Shepard hate crime…this would be a big reputation changer for the state.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:16am
  86. Go Wyoming!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:48am
  87. :)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:16am
  88. Matthew Shepard thanks you !

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:16am
  89. About freaking time….

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:19pm
  90. Wyoming was the first to have women voters too,, GO WYOMING

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:17pm
  91. brokeback mountain

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 1:26pm
  92. If only Idaho could follow suit!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:06pm
  93. Will the Cheneys support or not? It was the first state to give women the right to vote.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 2:09pm