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Marriage Amendment Struck Down in Wyoming

The Wyoming House of Representatives rejected an amendment to the state constitution last week that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and would no longer require Wyoming to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. The amendment will not go to the state Senate. If it had passed, Wyoming would have joined 30 other states that have anti-gay marriage amendments.

The state of Wyoming already bans same-sex marriage by law, but this same law requires the state to recognize valid marriages performed in other states, according to the Casper Star-Tribune. An amendment to the state constitution could threaten “other forms of relationship recognition for gay and lesbian couples,” according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Democratic Wyoming state Representative Cathy Connolly, who voted against the amendment, said, “I am thrilled and proud that my colleagues took a stand against writing discrimination into Wyoming’s constitution.”

Sources:

Townhall 2/9/09; Casper Star-Tribune 2/7/09; Human Rights Campaign 2/6/09

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