The next stop in the marriage equality train appears to be Wyoming. Representative Cathy Connolly of Laramie is sponsoring House Bill 169. It would “redefine marriage as a civil contract between ‘two natural persons’”, as the National Organization for Marriage’s panic stricken missives states. The Democrat is joined by Republican Representative Sue Wallis as a co-sponsor of the bill, and Republican Representatives Keith Gingery and Ruth Ann Petroff have announced their support as well.
NOM wants people to call and harass Gingery, Petroff, and Wallis demanding that they oppose equality. They also want people to call and urge the House to oppose the bill. It is not surprising that NOM, who published the home, work and cell numbers of the three Republicans are devolving into harassment and intimidation to try and prevent equality from happening given that they have now lost their biggest trump card. They can no longer be guaranteed victory if they take marriage “to the people”. This past November, NOM suffered four significant losses as Minnesota rejected a marriage bigotry amendment and three states legalized it via the ballot box.
This move comes as the Supreme Court gears up to rule on marriage equality, and Rhode Island moves to legalize same-sex marriage.
Wyoming was the home of openly gay hate crime victim Matthew Shepard, for whom the recent federal hate crimes law was named.