Posted at 4:10 p.m., Nov. 7, 2014

Same-sex marriage ban reversed

The president of Laramie County Community College’s Student Alliance for Equality (S.A.F.E.) praised the state of Wyoming’s lifting of the same-sex marriage ban on Oct. 21.

President Esther Perea is happy to have this ban lifted in the state.

“Wyoming is supposed to be known as the ‘Equality State,’ and so what better place to have the legalization of marriage?” Perea said. “This will hopefully open doors for people and clubs to be who they truly are.”

S.A.F.E. students welcome equality for same-sex couples

Wyoming can now add its name to the growing list of states that have legalized same-sex marriage. It became the 32nd state to join the wedding march.

On Friday, Oct. 17, a federal court struck down Wyoming's law defining marriage as between a man and woman. Wyoming’s attorney general indicated he would not appeal the decision, and same-sex couples could start to marry.

Jeran Artery, of Wyoming Equality, told the Associated Press amending the state's antidiscrimination law to add sexual orientation is "the next thing on the radar screen without a doubt."

State law currently prohibits discrimination against someone based on age, sex, race, religion and other factors, but sexual orientation is not one of them. Previous attempts to change the law have failed.

Other LCCC students, like Gabby Grajeda, are just thrilled everyone, including friends, can be happy.

“I’m glad that this can happen in Wyoming, that people do not have to move anywhere to be happy and to get married,” Grajeda said.
S.A.F.E. promotes acceptance of people of all genders, sexualities and LGBT allies. It welcomes all students and employees and meets every Tuesday in the Education and Enrichment Center, Room 211 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

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