CHEYENNE — The Wyoming House has shot down a bill that would have allowed same-sex couples to create domestic partnerships carrying most of the legal rights of conventional marriage.
The House voted 35-to-24 against the bill. It marked the first time that pro-gay legislation reached a full floor debate in the state Legislature.
Proponents of the bill said that it would grant same-sex couples as well as other citizens a way to share their property and make health care decisions for each other.
Opponents warned that the bill threatened to open the state to legal action seeking to force it to approve same-sex marriage.
A separate bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. That bill now heads to the full Senate.