The Wyoming Senate rejected a bill today that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The standing vote was 13 for the bill and 15 opposed.

Opponents claimed Senate File 131 would create a protected class of employees and would result in lawsuits against employers.

The sponsor, Sen. Chris Rothfuss, D-Laramie, said the purpose of the bill was to recognize and prevent discrimination.

Twenty-one states have adopted similar legislation.

Gay activists have been pushing the bill, saying it's essential to give Wyoming gays and lesbians protections in the workplace and elsewhere. Opponents expressed concern that the bill could impinge on religious freedoms.

The House this session defeated two other bills that would have permitted same-sex marriages and same-sex domestic partnerships.

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Fascist outhouse Wyoming 101

supercalifragilistic
supercalifragilistic

After year number 4 ---- can we put this to rest by putting it to vote next election cycle?

bane of trout
bane of trout

Good heavens. No. You and I don't get to vote on civil rights issues, nor should we.

This change is coming. Wyoming may be the last state in the union to recognize same sex relationships, and our tourism dollars and reputation will suffer until we wise up, but someday we'll come to our senses.

supercalifragilistic
supercalifragilistic

If this were "truly a civil rights issue", I'd tend to agree with you?
Therefore, voting on the demands of the "homosexual community's sexually desiring appetite" bares no God Given Civil Right. In terms of tourist $dollars, regarding a threat of a threat is preposterous to say the least. As there are no indicators nor stats gathered to support such utter nonsense.

rextrek
rextrek

screw WY....Another state in this HATEFUL, BIGOTed, discriminatory country.......I wouldnt waste my time, nor tourism money in such a HATE state.....as far as aIm concerned it doesnt exist!

Panhead
Panhead

I am so glad you feel that way.

Lander
Lander

Wyoming is certainly slow to embrace change but it will happen eventually. Watching the local news the other evening, I was impressed that women, young men & older men alike, who were randomly interviewed, were overwhelmingly in favor of the bill & conveyed a very tolerant attitude towards gay issues in general. There is hope.

IdrahaJe
IdrahaJe

Lander.

How fitting that you mention the word tolerant. Have you read some of the replies to this story? Have you read some of the replies to some of the other articles about homosexuals demanding special rights? It is funny how those of you that speak of being tolerant or about tolerance happen to be some of the most intolerant people in the world.

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