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Wyoming Residents Rally to Oppose Anti-Gay Marriage Bill

January 23, 2011

Wyoming Protest

 

Wyoming residents from Casper to Laramie are protesting House Bill 74 which recently passed it’s first two votes in the state House of Representatives.  Residents are protesting the bill which prohibits the recognition of same-sex marriages outside Wyoming.   Protesters say that the bill doesn’t represent the majority of Wyoming residents views and that the issue is better left up to the courts to decide.

The “equality rally” opposed House Bill 74, which passed its first two votes in the state House of Representatives Thursday and Friday. The bill prohibits the recognition of same-sex marriages from outside of Wyoming.

Kate McLemore, of Casper, organized the rally to show Wyoming that citizens outside of Cheyenne oppose the bill.

Participants held signs that said “Civil rights for Wyomingites” and “Protect our people like we protect guns” and waved to passersby on Center Street. They said most of the reaction was positive.

Many people oppose the bill, and the state Legislature doesn’t reflect the community, said Pamela Kandt, who unsuccessfully ran for the state House in 2010.

Leah Janssen, of Casper, agreed that state lawmakers supporting this bill increase government intrusion into people’s lives. She attended the rally because “silence is acceptance.”

via Opponents of anti-gay-marriage bill rally in Casper.

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