Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The Wyoming House has defeated a bill that would have changed state law to allow same-sex marriages.
Democratic Rep. Cathy Connolly of Laramie sponsored the bill. It would have removed the state's current legal specification that marriage is a civil contract between a man and a woman.
The House voted 41-to-17 against the bill on Thursday.
Connolly is a lesbian and has pushed gay rights legislation for years. She said on the House floor that she doesn't want to have to leave Wyoming to get married.
Rep. Mark Baker, a Rock Springs Republican, spoke against the bill.
Baker said the Legislature shouldn't try to impose such a massive social change on the state. He said Connolly should ask Wyoming voters to change the state constitution if she wants to.
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