Anti-gay definition of marriage bill passes 1st hurdle in Wyoming House

Wyoming law already defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, but state law also requires the state to recognize marriages performed in other states.

House Bill 74 would close that loophole, specifying that marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states or other countries wouldn't be considered valid in Wyoming.

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The state of Marriage Equality in 2011

After a 2010 with few marriage equality measures contested outside the courtroom, 2011 will likely see a number of battles state by state across the country.

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Wyoming and nine other states file anti-gay Amicus Brief in Prop 8 Appeal

Wyoming and nine other states have filed an anti-gay amicus brief in the Prop 8 appeal case saying the Constitution does not require marriage to include same-sex couples and that states, not federal courts, have final say in whether to honor the freedom to marry.

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Marriage Ban Falls in Wyo. House

Casper Star-Tribune
February 7, 2009
By a 35-25 vote, the Wyoming House defeated a bill on Friday that would have tried to place a proposed anti-gay constitutional amendment before the state's voters. [Link]

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Wyo. House Committee Approves Anti-Gay Bill

LocalNews8.com
February 3, 2009
In a five-to-four vote, the Wyoming House Judiciary Committee recommended approval Tuesday of a bill that seeks to ban the state from recognizing marriages of gay couples performed elsewhere. [Link]

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Colorado group lobbies in Wyoming on anti-gay amendment

Associated Press
January 21, 2009
A national conservative Christian group has begun a telephone lobbying campaign in Wyoming in support of an anti-gay amendment in the state Senate. (Link)

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BLOG: Non-gay GOP ally Legislator runs for US House

Petrelis Files
November 20, 2007
WY State Republican representative Dan Zwonitzer is mounting a campaign for the U.S. House. Zwonitzer caught the attention of marriage advocates when he gave a stirring speech in favor of marriage equality in February. After his speech, he received expressions of support from around the country. [Link]

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BLOG: Another good WY GOP pol on his pro-gay vote

Petrelis Files
March 6, 2007
There's now a second straight GOP politician from there, Pat Childers, father of a lesbian daughter, writing me notes explaining why he stood up for gay equality, in a state where we don't think gays would have much support, and I am privileged to share his words with you. [link]

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WY panel kills anti-gay bill

Casper Star Tribune
February 22, 2007
House Speaker Roy Cohee, R-Casper, cast the tie-breaking vote in committee Thursday to kill a bill that would have barred Wyoming from recognizing gay and lesbian marriages from other states. [link]

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WY Senate passes ban on out-of-state gay people’s marriages

365Gay.com
January 31, 2007
The state's Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would ban Wyoming, which calls itself "The Equality State," from recognizing gay and lesbian couples' marriages performed in other states or countries where they are legal. [link]

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