By KATHLEEN MILLER
CHEYENNE -- Wyoming would have the authority to void other states' gay marriages if a bill that narrowly passed a Senate committee Friday is approved by the entire Legislature.
Massachusetts is the only state that currently grants marriage licenses to same-sex couples; others permit civil unions, but the proposed law only pertains to gay marriages.
Wyoming already has a law in place that mandates marriages conducted in the state must be between a man and woman.
"The bill simply says we would not have to honor same-sex marriages in Wyoming that were authorized in some other state," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Gerald E. Geis, R-Worland. The bill passed the Judiciary Committee 3-2, with the committee's three Republicans voting in favor and the two Democrats opposed.
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