Former U.S. Senator Al Simpson is appearing is a commercial in support of marriage equality, which is airing across Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.
Wyoming currently does not allow same sex marriage. Simpson not only supports gay marriage but also says same-sex couples should be treated the same as heterosexual couples, when it comes to having or adopting children.
“I have seen the most dysfunctional children come out of a union of a man and wife that I have yet to observe out of a same sex couple," Simpson says.
This week a new statewide public education campaign was launched called Wyoming unites for marriage. The idea is to get support for same sex couples. Earlier this year a lawsuit was filed to try and make same sex marriage legal in Wyoming. Jeran Artery of the group Wyoming Equality tells Bob Beck that the lawsuit seems like the quickest way to get equality.
Supporters from all walks of life attended the kickoff of a new statewide education campaign that is intended to draw support for same sex marriage. Four same sex couples and the “gay rights” advocacy group Wyoming equality filed lawsuit challenging Wyoming’s law that says marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
Wyoming Equality Chairman Jeran Artery says the issue is important to many people.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act will not change state laws regarding whether gay couples can marry. But gay rights activists say they hope the ruling will be an important step toward marriage equality in Wyoming.
Jeran Artery with the group Wyoming Equality says after today’s decision, his group is considering several options to try to get gay marriage legalized here.
State Representative Cathy Connolly of Laramie has drafted legislation that would give gay couples the same rights as spouses in Wyoming.
Connolly says if the bill is passed, couples will be able to register at county clerks offices to become official domestic partners.
“What it does is allow for any place in our statutes where the term ‘spouse’ is used, that members of the domestic partnership have equal rights, duties, benefits and obligations as spouses,” she said.
The bill would also apply to unmarried heterosexual couples.