CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gay rights advocates have pushed unsuccessfully for years for a Wyoming law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Now, they are poised to pass the first such ban: a local ordinance in Laramie, the college town where Matthew Shepard's death triggered nationwide sympathy and brought a re-examination of attitudes toward gays 17 years ago.
The Laramie City Council is scheduled to hold its third and final vote on a proposed ban Wednesday evening. The measure would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and access to public facilities such as restaurants.
Shepard's mother, Judy, runs a foundation that bears his name. She says she's thrilled Laramie is poised to act, but says she's saddened the entire state hasn't done so.