As of yesterday morning, same-sex marriage is now legal in Wyoming. Wyoming Public Radio’s Miles Bryan has been following the story, and he joined Morning Edition Host Caroline Ballard in the studio to break down what’s been going on.
Advocates for gay marriage in Wyoming delivered more than 2,300 signed petitions to the Capitol Tuesday, urging Governor Matt Mead and Attorney General Peter Michael to stop defending the state’s gay marriage ban in court.
The State Senate defeated a bill that would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It would have given gays and lesbians protections in the workplace. Opponents said it could have led to unfair burdens on employers and infringe on religious freedoms. Senator Chris Rothfuss says he’s sorry that the bill would be inconvenient for certain employers, but he added that was the point. But Baggs Senator Larry Hicks says the legislation would do little.