Jan 24th, 2011
When The Daily Beast rated Wyoming as "the least tolerant state" last week I checked out what they had to say. Their methodology, however detailed, still ultimately relied on a narrow set of metrics. Ironically, last year they were also rated the "best run state” by 24/7 Wall St using very different criteria.
I am more inclined to side with the former rather than the latter in light of this afternoon's events. The Star-Tribune reports today:
"The Wyoming House passed legislation Monday to stop recognition of out-of-state gay marriages and civil unions.
House Bill 74 now heads to the Senate, where its chances for passage appear good.
One last observation: It's also wildly stupid. The second highest source of revenue for Wyoming is tourism. Hmmm.
"We both want to stay in the same room."
"That's my partner in the back of that ambulance. I want to ride along."
"That's my partner who just went from the emergency room to surgery! What's going on?!"
Why risk this? After the 40 year journey since Stonewall, does any LGBT couple really want to chance so much as even passing through this state?
From where I sit, just outside Chicago, there are an awful lot of ways to get to San Francisco, L.A., Portland or Seattle and vice-versa that don't go through Wyoming. Plan accordingly.