Wyoming non-discrimination bill moves forward

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A bill to include protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity has made it past a critical committee hearing on Friday.

The vote came after a committee member, Representative Harlan Edmunds, a Republican, was ejected from the procedures. Edmund had previously asked whether the definition of sexual orientation would include paedophilia. He was asked to leave the committee after saying that he wanted to change the date that the bill would come into effect from 1 July 2015 to ‘when hell freezes over’.

The bill has the support of several major Wyoming business associations and major companies, as they are hoping the bill will help them attract new employees to work in the state of Wyoming.

Donna Adler, a Roman Catholic lobbyist, took a stand against the bill, testifying that, ‘the bill as presently written poses serious threats to constitutional protections of religious liberty, for churches, faith institutions and businesses run by people of faith.’

The bill will be voted on in the coming week in the full Wyoming House of Representatives, most likely on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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