VICTORY: Wyoming Defeats Domestic Partnership Bill That Could Have Threatened Marriage


A shout-out once again to our marriage supporters in Wyoming (the "Equality State") -- yesterday your representatives in Cheyenne defeated a domestic partnership bill that could have threatened marriage by a vote of 35-24. Courts have used domestic partnerships and civil unions as an excuse to challenge laws protection marriage:

A bill that would have would have allowed same-sex couples in Wyoming to create domestic partnerships carrying most of the legal rights of marriage died Wednesday on a close vote in the House of Representatives.

... Opponents warned that the bill threatened to open the state to legal action seeking to force it to approve same-sex marriage.

Rep. Mark Baker, R-Rock Springs, spoke against the measure, saying: "We all know that this is about same-sex marriage and civil unions." (AP)

Rep. Lynn Hutchings made a particularly strong comment before she cast her vote:

... Rep. Lynn Hutchings, R-Cheyenne, testified against the bill. She said she had received scurrilous emails, including some containing racial epithets, after testifying earlier in the week against the domestic partnership bill at a committee hearing. Hutchings, who is black, had called on gays and lesbians to "please stop carpet-bagging on our civil rights movement."


  1. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted February 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    I'm very relieved to hear that the intelligent legislators in Wyoming recognized this bill as a Trojan horse.

    It's a shame that Rep. Hutchings was abused by the intolerant pseudo-marriage extremists.

  2. Will Fisher
    Posted February 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    @MLK, Jr: please stop carpet-bagging on our non-violent Independence movement. -Ghandi

    Btw, surprising that so many republicans supported this to begin with, no?

  3. Randy E King
    Posted February 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    "A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law."

    Dr. Martin Luther King

    @Will Fisher,

    The facts do not seem to agree with your ridiculous assertions to the contrary. Falsehoods and bold-faced lies are not the firm foundation you seem to believe they are.

    The Emperor has no clothes!

  4. John B.
    Posted February 3, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    NOM continues to ally themselves with the right-wing extremist minority of Americans (about 30% and rapidly shrinking) who want gay couples to have NO legal rights, protections, or recognition for their relationships whatsoever. It's no wonder you're losing.

  5. Randy E King
    Posted February 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    @John B.

    If anything NOM is against establishing special rights for people based solely on what they like to masturbate against; special rights that are based solely on what they lay claim to.

  6. John B.
    Posted February 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Wow, and to think I have trouble getting my polite and civil comments posted make it past moderation here. But thank you Mr. King for demonstrating once more that our opponents are obsessed with sex, and that this is really about animus towards gay people (however much your side may claim it isn't).

  7. Randy E King
    Posted February 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Therein lies your problem John; you are supporting a cause that even you cannot bring yourself to reference by its most fundamental essence.

    Decadence: a period of decline or decay

  8. Chairm
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    John B., when a movement is wrong it does not matter that they gain here or there. The wrong is still wrong no matter the popularity of that wrong -- in this case it is more a matter of indifference rather than siding with the wrong goals of the SSM campaign.

    That indifference is due to the numbing that the SSM campaign promotes with its inflammatory rhetoric. You are among those who seek to induce issue fatigue and hence indifference. It is shameful of you.