Wyoming Senate votes down anti-gay marriage bill

2011-03-02T16:30:00Z 2011-03-02T16:35:10Z Wyoming Senate votes down anti-gay marriage billBy JEREMY PELZER Star-Tribune capital bureau Casper Star-Tribune Online

CHEYENNE-Legislation banning recognition of out-of-state gay marriages was narrowly voted down Wednesday afternoon by the Wyoming Senate.

By a 16-14 vote, senators rejected a last-minute compromise version of House Bill 74, ending weeks of heated debate and emotional arguments over the legislation from both sides of the issue.

The defeat means it may be up to the Wyoming Supreme Court to resolve a conflict in state law about whether the state recognizes same-sex marriages from other states and countries.

Last November, a Wyoming district court judge refused to grant a divorce to a lesbian couple from Lusk who married in Canada; the couple has appealed the case to the state Supreme Court.



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