The Wyoming House on Wednesday rejected a bill which sought to recognize gay and lesbian couples with domestic partnerships.

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 legislative chamber.

Connolly has introduced similar bills during four previous sessions, in 2007, 2009 and 2011, with little success.

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.