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PANEL MOVES BILL DISAVOWING SAME-SEX MARRIAGES

Wyoming wouldn’t recognize the validity of same-sex marriages performed in other states under a bill that has received its first committee approval.

The House Education Committee on Monday voted 7-to-2 to recommend approval of House Bill 74, sponsored by Rep. Owen Petersen, R-Mountain View, and others.

Petersen says the Legislature must provide legal guidance as same-sex couples married in other states move to Wyoming.

Wyoming law specifies marriage can only exist between one and one woman but also says the state must respect legal marriages performed elsewhere.

Scores of opponents of the bill crowded a committee hearing room. Many said it was ironic that Wyoming would consider a bill on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. that discriminates against same-sex couples.

Our last chance to stop this is in the State House. It WILL pass the Senate. I am begging all supporters of marriage equality to pick just one representative (republican is a safe bet) and email them to express your disapproval of this discriminatory measure. There are enough legislators on the fence in the house to make this worth trying. Even one email helps. Let them know there are people outside Wyoming who are watching. 

Email list here

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EMERGENCY NOTICE! Calling all supporters of marriage equality…

Wyoming State House Bill 74, the “Validity of Marriages” bill, WILL BE HEARD TODAY (on MLK/Equality Day, natch) at the State Capitol building in Cheyenne, Rm. 302, upon adjournment (3-4 p.m.). This bill will INVALIDATE the marriages of same-sex couples in Wyoming. Currently, Wyoming does not allow same-sex marriage, so this bill will affect couples married outside Wyoming, who chose to make the Equality State their home. Read the text of the bill here.

If you live in Wyoming and can get to Cheyenne, go give testimony before the Education committee and remind them that we are “The Equality State”. 

If you can’t make it, or live outside Wyoming, email the Wyoming State House representatives on this list:

Matt Teeters (R) [mteeters@wyoming.com]
Bob Brechtel (R) [bbrechtel@wyoming.com] 
Donald Burkhart, Jr (R) [dburkhart@wyoming.com]
Cathy Connolly (D) [cconnolly@wyoming.com]
John Freeman (D) [freeman@wyoming.com]
Kendell Kroeker (R) [kkroeker@wyoming.com]
Samuel Krone (R) [skrone@wyoming.com]
Bunky Loucks (R) [bloucks@wyoming.com]
Michael Madden (R) [madden@wyoming.com]


I know it doesn’t seem like we can do this, but here’s the explanation:

Both Anderson and House Speaker Ed Buchanan, R-Torrington, have said they believe the Legislature needs to address the issue of whether Wyoming will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

One provision of Wyoming law already specifies that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, but state law also says Wyoming will recognize marriages that are valid in other states. A handful of other states allow same-sex marriages.

Anderson and Buchanan say that a same-sex divorce case pending in the Wyoming Supreme Court shows the need for more clarity in state law.

Here’s the info on the case:

Both legislative supporters and opponents of gay marriage are taking inspiration from a district court judge’s ruling that same-sex couples can’t get divorced in Wyoming.

Last November, Judicial District Court Judge Keith Kautz refused to grant a divorce to a Lusk couple, Paula and Victoria Lee Christiansen, who married in Canada in 2006.

In his ruling, Kautz stated that there’s a conflict in Wyoming law about whether the state recognizes legal same-sex marriages from outside the state. A Wyoming statute defines marriage as a contract “between a male and a female person,” but state law also recognizes any valid marriage performed outside the state.

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EMERGENCY NOTICE! Calling all supporters of marriage equality…

Wyoming State House Bill 74, the “Validity of Marriages” bill, WILL BE HEARD TOMORROW (on MLK/Equality Day, natch) at the State Capitol building in Cheyenne, Rm. 302, upon adjournment (3-4 p.m.). This bill will INVALIDATE the marriages of same-sex couples in Wyoming. Currently, Wyoming does not allow same-sex marriage, so this bill will affect couples married outside Wyoming, who chose to make the Equality State their home. Read the text of the bill here.

If you live in Wyoming and can get to Cheyenne, go give testimony before the Education committee and remind them that we are “The Equality State”. 

If you can’t make it, or live outside Wyoming, email the Wyoming State House representatives on this list:

Matt Teeters (R) [mteeters@wyoming.com]
Bob Brechtel (R) [bbrechtel@wyoming.com] 
Donald Burkhart, Jr (R) [dburkhart@wyoming.com]
Cathy Connolly (D) [cconnolly@wyoming.com]
John Freeman (D) [freeman@wyoming.com]
Kendell Kroeker (R) [kkroeker@wyoming.com]
Samuel Krone (R) [skrone@wyoming.com]
Bunky Loucks (R) [bloucks@wyoming.com]
Michael Madden (R) [madden@wyoming.com]

Update - I know it doesn’t seem like we can do this, but here’s the explanation:

Both Anderson and House Speaker Ed Buchanan, R-Torrington, have said they believe the Legislature needs to address the issue of whether Wyoming will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

One provision of Wyoming law already specifies that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman, but state law also says Wyoming will recognize marriages that are valid in other states. A handful of other states allow same-sex marriages.

Anderson and Buchanan say that a same-sex divorce case pending in the Wyoming Supreme Court shows the need for more clarity in state law.

Here’s the info on the case:

Both legislative supporters and opponents of gay marriage are taking inspiration from a district court judge’s ruling that same-sex couples can’t get divorced in Wyoming.

Last November, Judicial District Court Judge Keith Kautz refused to grant a divorce to a Lusk couple, Paula and Victoria Lee Christiansen, who married in Canada in 2006.

In his ruling, Kautz stated that there’s a conflict in Wyoming law about whether the state recognizes legal same-sex marriages from outside the state. A Wyoming statute defines marriage as a contract “between a male and a female person,” but state law also recognizes any valid marriage performed outside the state.

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