- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A bill to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is moving forward in the Wyoming State Senate.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1vB1DY6 ) the Senate on Monday voted to approve the bill for the second time.

Laramie Democrat Sen. Chris Rothfuss is sponsor of the legislation. It would add the prohibitions against discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity to a range of state laws that now prohibit discrimination based on factors including race, age, disability and political affiliation.

Supporters of the bill say some gay and transgender Wyomingites have experienced discrimination, including being fired or physically assaulted.

Bill opponents include the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne. A lobbyist for the diocese says it would give gays a superior status in society.


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

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