Bill would ban recognition of same-sex marriage

2014-02-11T18:48:00Z 2014-02-11T23:38:14Z Bill would ban recognition of same-sex marriageThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 11, 2014 6:48 pm  • 

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A bill pending before the Wyoming House of Representatives would specify that the state wouldn't recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

Current Wyoming law says both that marriage is a civil contract between a man and a woman but also that the state will recognize legal marriages performed in other jurisdictions.

The Wyoming Supreme Court a few years ago ordered a district judge to handle a divorce proceeding between two women who had been married in Canada.

Casper Republican Rep. Gerald Gay is sponsoring the bill to specify that Wyoming would only recognize marriages between two people of different sex. The bill would require a two-thirds vote for introduction.

Gay says he doesn't regard see the bill as opposing same-sex marriage but says the Legislature should clarify the issue.

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