Amended Housing Discrimination Bill Protecting Gays Rejected

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The state House has rejected an amendment that would have added gay and transgender people to a bill aimed at protecting Wyoming residents from housing discrimination.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1tiydcJ ) the bill would bar discrimination based on "race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin."

Rep. Cathy Connolly, a Laramie Republican and the only openly gay member in the Legislature, sponsored an amendment that added "sexual orientation or gender identity" to the list.

Opponents of the amendment say state law needs to be similar to federal law for the federal government to allow Wyoming to control housing discrimination investigations.

The bill without the amendment passed the House and heads back to the Senate, which will consider other changes.


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