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WY lawmakers kill anti-gay marriage bill

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The Wyoming State Senate has defeated a bill that would have barred the recognition of gay marriages performed outside the state.

The Wyoming House barely passed its version of a bill that would have denied same sex couples married elsewhere state recognition. During an emotional debate, the chairman of the conference committee Amy Edmonds of Cheyenne said people in the “Equality State” believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Edmonds:“There may be a cultural battle going on outside these doors. And let it rage, it will eventually make its way inside these doors. But I’m going to support the will of the people.”

But over in the Senate, there was little debate before the vote. Lawmakers defeated the compromise bill 16-14, closing debate for the year. Wyoming’s only openly gay legislator, Cathy Connolly, thanked several Senators, and Jeran Artery of the group Equality Wyoming was delighted with the vote.

Artery: “I guess we don’t need to change the name away from the equality state. Wyoming is back open for business and to me this says we are happy to have people come to Wyoming regardless of their sexual orientation.”

But supporters of the legislation say they still plan to bring it up again.

–Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck in Cheyenne

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Written by OutQ News staff

March 3, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Posted in Legislation, Marriage

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