Legislature Again to Consider Gay Marriage Bills

The State Legislature will once again consider gay marriage bills in the upcoming General Session.
The State Legislature will once again consider gay marriage bills in the upcoming General Session.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Legislature will again this year consider whether to prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Wyoming law already specifies that marriages performed in the state must be between a man and a woman.

Representative Bob Brechtel, of Casper, is one of the sponsors of a proposed bill that would prohibit Wyoming from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. Representative Cathy Connolly, of Laramie, is a lesbian and says she opposes the bill.

Connolly says she will sponsor competing bills that would allow same-sex marriages in Wyoming as well as allowing civil unions. A bill that would have allowed Wyoming voters to amend the state constitution to deny recognition of same-sex marriages performed elsewhere died in last year's legislative session.

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