Equality State Sees Bipartisan Push to Live Up To Its Name
January 25, 2013 by Trevor Chandler, Associate Regional Field Director
HRC is on the ground in Cheyenne, Wyoming with our partners at Wyoming Equality as we push for a fully inclusive non-discrimination act as well as relationship recognition. While some may be surprised at the movement on the ground here, ask any Wyoming resident and you’ll understand why it’s no surprise to them. Wyoming has long lived up to their nickname, and was the first state to grant women the right to vote.
This week, Wyoming Equality Chair Jeran Artery headed to the state capitol to talk with legislators as we quickly move towards ensuring all Wyomingites are treated equally and fairly under the law. Working with state legislators, such as Representative Cathy Connolly, the state’s first openly gay elected official, as well as with broad bipartisan support from the Republican majority such as Dan Zwonitzer, Ruth Ann Petroff, Sue Wilson, Keith Gingery, and Matt Greene, we are moving quickly to act on these bills.
On Monday, three bills will be heard in committee: The House Corporations Committee will consider both the marriage equality and comprehensive domestic partnership bills, while the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the inclusive non-discrimination bill.
Later Wyoming Equality held a legislator reception where the momentum on these bills became even more evident. Senators and representatives from both sides of the aisle filed in, even those who are not yet on our side, to have conversations about why these bills are so important. Between conversation and karaoke we saw sincere changes in how legislators thought about these efforts.
I left Cheyenne feeling very positive about our chances to once again help the Equality State live up to its name, and confident that Wyoming Equality’s great leadership and HRC’s boots on the ground will be victorious.
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