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.
This week a new statewide public education campaign was launched called Wyoming unites for marriage. The idea is to get support for same sex couples. Earlier this year a lawsuit was filed to try and make same sex marriage legal in Wyoming. Jeran Artery of the group Wyoming Equality tells Bob Beck that the lawsuit seems like the quickest way to get equality.
Supporters from all walks of life attended the kickoff of a new statewide education campaign that is intended to draw support for same sex marriage. Four same sex couples and the “gay rights” advocacy group Wyoming equality filed lawsuit challenging Wyoming’s law that says marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
Wyoming Equality Chairman Jeran Artery says the issue is important to many people.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act will not change state laws regarding whether gay couples can marry. But gay rights activists say they hope the ruling will be an important step toward marriage equality in Wyoming.
Jeran Artery with the group Wyoming Equality says after today’s decision, his group is considering several options to try to get gay marriage legalized here.