The Wyoming House on Wednesday rejected
a bill which sought to recognize gay and lesbian couples with
The Republican-controlled House voted
35-24 against the measure.
The vote came two days after a House
committee considered two proposals by state Rep. Cathy Connolly. The
second measure sought to legalize gay marriage in Wyoming. The
9-member panel narrowly voted down the marriage bill. But the
committee approved the partnership bill and sent it the full House,
marking the first time a gay rights measure had reached either
Connolly has introduced similar bills
during four previous sessions, in 2007, 2009 and 2011, with little
Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary
Committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would outlaw
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, sending it to the
Senate for its approval.