Wyoming Senate Kills Proposed Ban on Out-of-State Gay Marriages

Wyoming legislation banning the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages was killed by the state’s Senate on Wednesday as lawmakers failed to approve changes to the bill that, as reported on earlier in the week, would remove all mention of how the state should handle civil unions performed in other jurisdictions.

From On Top Magazine:

Senators rejected the legislation with a narrow 16 to 14 vote, ending weeks of negotiations between the two chambers and a heated debate.


The bill won a narrow 31 to 28 victory in the House, earlier in the day.


Both chambers had previously approved differing versions of the bill.


Wednesday’s version stripped out a provision that would guarantee gay and lesbian couples in out-of-state civil unions access to Wyoming courts to get a divorce or for other disputes.




Wednesday’s vote was the latest defeat for social conservatives who had pinned their hopes on the Legislature’s recently-elected Republican majority.


Wyoming already has a statutory ban on gay marriage due to a law dating back to territorial days. It specifies marriages carried out within the state can only be between one man and one woman. However, the current law does not expressly prevent the state from recognizing same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions.

Conservative Wyoming lawmakers have sort remedies to this perceived inconsistency. Yet, how the state deals with civil unions has been a key sticking point with some legislators wanting a ban on recognition of out-of-state civil unions and others saying that their must be court access for those in such partnerships who move to the state and then want their partnerships dissolved.


Last week, a constitutional amendment designed to bar recognition of all same-sex unions was also killed.


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Kathleen D.
Kathleen D.4 years ago

I agree that the Republicans have something up their sleeve because, supporting anything that even resembles a shade different from what the red-necks of the state believe in is a wild jump and they don't jump for just any reason.

As I said; I grew up there and the disgusting comments coming from the 'red-neck' faction were rampant. Threats of dragging 'fags' from the back of their 'pick-em-up' trucks and 'linching' were common, offensive spews. I also know that the politicians (Republican) very much pander to their constituents as in 'rich ranchers' in the towns' of agricultural communities, and, there's a great deal of agriculture in Wyoming. These rich ranchers and others who support politicians in that state 'always' have an agenda so, for anyone to support a Republican in a very red-neck state is pretty astounding.

The last time I was home, I noted that my ex was running for political office (a rabid Republican) and also, a rich rancher. He employed and supported shooting wolves and coyotes from aircraft, and sent a letter, which was published by the local newspaper, telling Bush, 2004, to stop pandering to the Democrats and do his job in supporting his 'base'. Anyone wondering why he is an ex, should not. He is a supporter of off-shore drilling, drilling in hands-off areas that would undermine the habitat for wildlife, etc.

My apologies to Loretta if I was rude but, I simply cannot get these words or images out of my head because they continue today.

Oca Atadero
Oca Atadero4 years ago

There should be a federal law that legalizes same sex marriages and provide all the benefits since loving and stable gay couples are also taxpayers and provide good things to the economy.

Julie W.
Julie W.4 years ago

Loretta, I sometimes wish there was the opposite of a green star on this site!

Lisa H.
Lisa H.4 years ago

Yes, Loretta, your rich ass repugnican legislature will keep the evil queers from marriage. They will also destroy your mountains and wildlife, give most of your state to the Corporations that move in, and deregulate and privatize everything they can, so then they can ignore YOUR preferences as well, so DANCE FAST GIRL! Your sick joy will be short lived.

May Howie
may Howie4 years ago


Stephen Young
Stephen Young4 years ago

a kernal of common sense

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p.4 years ago

heard some of the comments on the rachel maddow show, they sounded like reasonable people, for republicans.

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D.4 years ago

Loretta; I was born, raised and lived a great deal of my adult life in Wyoming. Wyoming has always been a red-neck state and for you to talk about how proud you are leaves me to imagine you as just one more close-minded, bigoted individual who refuses to recognize all men/women are created equal and as in 'Civil Liberties' has the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". That document and the reasoning of the document, obviously lost on you and those who think as you do.

Jack S.
Jack Schlotte4 years ago

It's interesting that no comment so far mentioned Wyoming's state motto, "The Equality State." I'd love to find out if it was brought up in the legislative discussions and debates when they killed this immoral ban on recognizing gay marriages. I think more and more mainstream American citizens see that this anti-gay agenda is the last vestige of institutionalized bigotry left in America. Those were the words of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as he joined a campaign for marriage equality. THIS would be the proper and fitting way for Wyoming to get beyond the brutality of the Matthew Shepard incident, to show that they are living up to the state's motto.

Bon L.
Bon L.4 years ago

Thanks for the info.