Lawmakers in Wyoming approved a measure to institute domestic partnerships Monday afternoon, even as they killed a bill to legalize marriage equality.
Both bills had been submitted to the state House Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee by openly gay Rep. Cathy Connolly (D-Laramie), though she and other proponents had hoped the gay-marriage measure would advance.
It failed in a 5-4 vote, while the domestic partnership bill passed 7-2 and will now move on to a general vote.
Opponents of equality trotted out insulting rhetoric to deny gays and lesbians the same rights as heterosexuals. “Homosexual behavior is harmful to the mind, body and spirit,” said state Rep. Lynn Hutchings (R-Cheyenne), who also accused LGBT advocates of “carpet-bagging on [the black] civil rights movement.”
Hutchings even volunteered that an ex-fiance had once been gay but decided to turn straight.
We really pity the people of Cheyenne.