Public opinion in Wyoming has radically shifted toward legalizing same sex marriage in the last decade. Bills, both legalizing and banning, have been introduced in the state legislature. But nothing has passed. And lawmakers are slow to acknowledge the shift in public opinion. But as Wyoming Public Radio’s Erin Jones reports, the legislature might not be where the change happens.
ERIN JONES: State Representative Matt Greene grew up without gay marriage on his mind.
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.