Wyoming Senate defeats gay discrimination bill
State Sen. Cale Case claimed Thursday that the battle over recognition of the civil rights of gay people is over. “The people of Wyoming are ready for this,” the Lander Republican said. “This is not a big deal.” He was referring to Senate File 131, a bill that would prohibit discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. But the Wyoming Senate wasn’t ready for the bill. It lost on a 13-17 roll call vote. Meanwhile, the House this session defeated two bills that would have permitted same-sex marriages and same-sex domestic partnerships. The marriage bill never made it out of committee, and the partnerships bill died Wednesday after a lengthy debate on the House floor. The floor debates in the House and Senate this week mark the first time, at least in recent decades, that pro-gay rights legislation has reached either floor. Sen. Chris Rothfuss, D-Laramie, said he was disappointed in Thursday’s Senate vote but said he expects the issue will come back. “Obviously, the country’s moving that direction,” said Rothfuss, the bill’s sponsor.