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Fri February 13, 2004
Senator Asks for Stronger Ban on Single Sex Marriages
Cheyenne, Wy – Gay marriages granted in other states like Massachusetts would be declared void in Wyoming under a measure introduced in the Senate.
State law already defines marriage as a union between men and women only.
But Gillette Senator Dick Erb said he discovered this week that Wyoming would have to recognize same-sex marriages granted in other states under current statutes.
Erb says he drafted Senate File 85 as an attempt to "head off" the issue before it becomes one in Wyoming.
Erb, who was involved in similar efforts seven years ago, says he knows his bill will raise eyebrows but insists it's not meant as anti-gay legislation.
The bill barely got the two-thirds vote necessary for introduction today.
Casper Senator Keith Goodenough calls the measure a symbolic statement by Wyoming's conservative religious community.