- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A bill that effectively would have blocked state and local governments in Wyoming from banning discrimination against same-sex couples has failed in the Wyoming Legislature.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/20PYCSk ) that Rep. Nathan Winters’ Government Nondiscrimination Act missed the necessary introduction vote threshold on Thursday. Because this year’s legislative session is a budget session, non-budget bills must receive a two-thirds vote to clear introduction.

Winters, a Thermopolis Republican, said the bill would have expanded protections for religious freedom in the state for those who believe marriage is an institution between one man and one woman. Winters sponsored a similar act last year that passed the House but failed in the Senate.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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