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Tue March 1, 2011
Committee reaches compromise on anti-gay marriage measure
By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, Wy – In an effort to keep the bill from dying, proponents of a measure to bar recognition of gay marriages in the state agreed to a compromise that must now be considered by the State Legislature.
A conference committee working on the bill removed all references to civil unions, so that it only addresses gay marriages. Some believe that restores access to the courts for those who have entered into civil unions in other states. That was a sticking point for both the majority of the State Senate and the governor.
Senator Leslie Nutting proposed the amendment. She says she wishes the bill did more. "It does reiterate the position of most of the people in Wyoming that marriage is between a man and a woman," she said. "It does give some direction to the courts, but not as strongly as many of us would have preferred."
The committee agreed to the bill along party lines. Lobbying groups supporting the legislation say they plan to address civil unions at a later date.