CHEYENNE -- Legislation that would have made Wyoming the third state to recognize civil unions narrowly failed in the House Judiciary Committee this morning.

The 5-4 vote to defeat House Bill 150 came after hours of impassioned testimony from supporters who said civil unions would give same-sex couples basic rights and opponents who claimed civil unions were a thinly disguised stepping stone to gay marriage.

The deciding vote was cast by freshman state Rep. Bob Nicholas, R-Cheyenne, who previously said he opposes gay marriage but supports civil unions in principle.

Read more about this story in Saturday's Star-Tribune.

 

 

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