Church leaders oppose HB 74

2011-02-08T00:00:00Z Church leaders oppose HB 74 Casper Star-Tribune Online
February 08, 2011 12:00 am


Below is a copy of a letter sent to the state Senate from 30 clergy and lay leaders of the Episcopal Church in Wyoming.

"The undersigned, clergy and lay leaders of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming, urge you to oppose HB 74 Validity of Marriage bill. This bill will discriminate against citizens of Wyoming who are gay and lesbian.

"If they have contracted a civil marriage or union with their partner in another state, it will cause the law to treat them as strangers to one another. Children will be unprotected. This bill will cause all sorts of hardships on our citizens and put a lie to our claim to be the Equality State. Gay and lesbian couples and their allies will not visit Wyoming for fear they or their friends might not receive equal protection.

"It will also endanger Wyoming's standing with other states -- as per 'Full Faith and Credit Act.'

"28 U.S.C. s.1738, requires that federal courts 'give a state-court judgment the same preclusive effect as would be given that judgment under the law of the state in which the judgment was rendered.' The governor has raised this complication as well.

"The Episcopal Church supports marriage equality but this bill is not about religion. It will not cause churches to do anything they oppose. It is a civil issue of equality and protection of vulnerable citizens of our state.

"Please vote NO on the Validity of Marriage bill."




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