Poll: Should Wyoming Lawmakers Pass A Non-Discrimination Law?
Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr said recently that she wants to lobby the Wyoming Legislature to pass a statewide non-discrimination law to protect LGBTQ state residents from discrimination.
The mayor told the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle that if state lawmakers don't pass a statewide law, she would favor action in the Cheyenne City Council to pass a local ordinance.
Supporters of a non-discrimination law say there is currently nothing on the books to prevent LGBTQ residents from being fired from their jobs or evicted from an apartment because of their sexual orientation. Other supporters say the lack of such a law gives Wyoming a backward image that hurts economic development efforts and discourages businesses from locating in the state
Opponents say discrimination is already prohibited under federal laws. They also say there is no evidence that LGBTQ people face discrimination in Wyoming right now. Some opponents also say they are concerned that such a law could infringe upon religious freedom and create a "protected class" of people with special rights.
So what do you think? Do you want the Wyoming Legislature to pass a statewide non-discrimination law in 2019? We'll publish the results of our survey on Friday, Sept. 7.