Wyoming will not be in the running to become the 10th state in the US to legalize gay marriage.
A marriage equality bill was rejected Monday (28 January) by the Wyoming House Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee in a 5-4 vote.
Think Progress reports that testimony against the bill included threats that gays are pedophiles and that same-sex activity damages colons.
But the Republican-controlled committee did vote 7-2 to send a domestic partnership bill to the full House for consideration
The bill that passed would create a domestic partnership registry for opposite-sex and same-sex couples in committed relationships. It would ensure that these couples have basic legal protections, such as the ability to make emergency medical decisions for each other and to make joint decisions about their children’s health and well-being.
‘This is a historic day for equality,’ said Jeran Artery, the Chair of Wyoming Equality. ‘Today marks the first time a bill has moved forward in the Wyoming legislature which would provide essential protections for LGBT families.’
Both bills are sponsored Rep. Cathy Connolly, a Democrat from Albany County. She had introduced similar bills in 2007, 2009 and 2011 without success.