Wyoming Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2012)

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A Wyoming Same-Sex Marriage Amendment did not make the November 2012 ballot in the state of Wyoming as a proposed legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, also known as Senate Joint Resolution 5, would specify that only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in Wyoming.[1][2]

The bill's main sponsor was Sen. Curt Meier.

According to the AP, the bill died in February, 2011[1].

Background

Sen. Curt Meier and Rep. Owen Petersen announced in late December 2010 that they planned to propose the amendment in the legislature's 2011 general session. As of 2011, the state of Wyoming has a statutory ban but not a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Both representatives challenged the state's ban in a federal lawsuit in August 2010. However, the challenge was dropped a month later.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: How to amend the Wyoming Constitution

A 2/3rds vote in both chambers of the Wyoming State Legislature is required to refer an amendment to the ballot.

On January 25, 2011 the Wyoming State Senate gave preliminary approval to the proposed measure following a 21-7 vote in favor. The House adopted a bill to place similar language in state statutes.[2]

The constitutional amendment was approved by the House Judiciary Committee following a 6-3 vote on February 8, 2011.[3][4]

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