CHEYENNE—Wyoming’s House Judiciary Committee will this week consider legislation that would allow civil unions, even as the Wyoming Legislature last week advanced a bill that would do away with the state’s recognition of same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
According to the Casper Star Tribune, “Many legislators who voted earlier this week in favor of House Bill 74, which prohibits recognition of same-sex marriages from out of state, have said they see civil unions as an acceptable compromise.
Gov. Matt Mead has stated he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, but apparently has also said he may sign a civil unions bill into law if one passes the state Legislature.
Many supporters of the civil unions legislation believe it has the votes to pass the committee this week, after which it would go to the floor of the full House for debate. If approved, House Bill 74 would make Wyoming the third state in the country offering gay and lesbian couples civil unions.