Equality advocates optimistic for 2013
Gay-rights advocates hope a number of victories outside of the state will translate to success during the upcoming Wyoming legislative session. Rep. Cathy Connolly, D-Laramie, said she or another legislator will likely sponsor a bill allowing civil unions or gay marriages in the state. Connolly, who is openly gay, said she will also bring a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Connolly unsuccessfully pushed for all three of the measures during the last general legislative session in 2011. But she said she believes this time the odds will be more in their favor. “I think the time is right,” she said. “The reality is that coast to coast we are seeing that states are more comfortable with same-sex marriage now.” The past year and a half has seen the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, President Barack Obama becoming the first sitting president to endorse gay marriage, and Maryland, Maine and Washington becoming the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote.