WPR News
8:33 pm
Wed March 2, 2011

Second gay marriage bill fails in Wyoming legislature

Cheyenne, Wyo. – The legislature has likely ended the discussion on gay marriage for the session. The State Senate voted down a conference committee report that would have kept gay marriages from being recognized in Wyoming. Senate President Jim Anderson says he does not plan to appoint another conference committee, and that essentially kills the bill.

WyWatch State Director Becky Vandeberge was disappointed with the vote, but says she will keep working to keep same-sex unions from being recognized in the state. "The goal here was to get a voting record on a clean bill that defines marriage as between one man and one woman," she said. "And now we have that for the next election."

Earlier in the day, the legislature's only openly gay member, Cathy Connolly, urged the House to defeat the bill. She was ecstatic after the Senate vote.