Wyoming Takes Step Toward Banning Recognition of Out-of-state Gay Marriages and Civil Unions

The blog Joe.My.God calls attention today to the fact that, thanks to an infusion of Tea Party blood, the Wyoming House has taken a major step backwards in civil rights (and basic human dignity). The Star-Tribune reports that after years of failing to get this same bill through, the House was finally successful at passing legislation than bans the recognition of out-of-state gay marriages and civil unions.

The paper explains:

House Bill 74 now heads to the Senate, where its chances for passage appear good.

State Rep. Owen Petersen, R-Mountain View, the bill's sponsor, said the legislation is 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.

Opponents said the bill is unnecessary, violates the rights of gays and lesbians to marry, and would create havoc for legally married out-of-state gay couples traveling in Wyoming.

Not coincidentally, it seems, I blogged last week about a new study done by the Daily Beast that ranked Wyoming as the country's least tolerant state, which is no small feat these days. But, not all folks in Wyoming are as bigoted as some of the folks elected to serve them -- a rally was held over the weekend in Casper and the state's only openly gay legislator, Representative Cathy Connolly, is speaking out against the House bill, Brandon Miller writes for Change.org. You can sign a petition over at Change.org to make sure this anti-gay bill does not become law.


AlterNet / By Tara Lohan

Posted at January 24, 2011, 1:55pm

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