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Rainbow Law has a document package designed to protect same-sex partners in Wyoming. We offer 9 unique Affordable Document Packages, Individual Legal Documents and FREE Advance Directives to help protect your rights and the rights of your family. To order a legal document package that complies with Wyoming law, hover your mouse over the “Buy A Package” link in the top menu and click on the package that best suits your needs in the drop-down list. If you’re not sure what package is right for you, click this link and we’ll help you figure out what you need.

Although the US Supreme Court has held that the federal government cannot discriminate against gay and lesbian couples legally married and living in a state that recognizes that marriage, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) couples living in Wyoming are not legally recognized as spouses even if they were married in a marriage equality state or country.

Wyoming same-sex partners and family members may experience discrimination in many different ways. Some of them, like snubbing by your family of origin or by complete strangers in a social setting, can’t be dealt with legally; they require a set of adaptive behaviors, including education, humor, and a thick skin. But typical anti-discrimination laws do cover several areas.

Here is a run-down on Wyoming law affecting the LGBTQ community:

1 Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Wyoming does not allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.Wyoming law (Wyo. Stat. Ann. §20-1-101, 2003) states, “Marriage is a civil contract between a male and a female person to which the consent of the parties capable of contracting is essential.” Wyoming law also states that “All marriage contracts which are valid by the laws of the country in which contracted are valid in this state,” and does not specifically exempt same-sex marriages from that recognition. (Wyo. Stat. Ann. §20-1-111)Some interpret this as allowing the state recognize of same-sex marriages celebrated elsewhere.

On January 14, 2013, legislators filed two bills. One would establish same-sex marriage in Wyoming by defining marriage as a civil contract between “two natural persons”. The other would create domestic partnerships to allow same-sex couples to “obtain the rights, responsibilities, protections and legal benefits provided in Wyoming for immediate family members.” Legislators who favor same-sex marriage supported the legislative tactic of offering the two alternatives. On January 28, a House committee defeated the marriage bill 5-4 and approved the domestic partnership bill 7-2, which Governor Matt Mead has said he favors.On January 30, 2013, the House rejected the domestic partnership bill in a 24-35 vote.

2 Adoption Law: Any adult person who has resided in the State at least 60 days and has been determined to be fit and competent may adopt.

3 Anti-Discrimination Law: There are no laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. On January 31, 2011, the state House rejected a bill banning such discrimination. Likewise, on January 31, 2013, the state Senate rejected a similar bill by a vote of 15 to 13. There are no Hate Crime Laws despite the debate following the murder of Matthew Shepard. Proponents of hate crime legislation have preferred the term, “bias crimes.”

4 Sodomy Law: Wyoming is the only state in the nation that has no published sodomy cases. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in Wyoming since February 1977. The age of consent for all consensual sexual activity is 18.

5Public Opinion: A July 2013 Public Policy Polling survey found that 32% of Wyoming voters thought that same-sex marriage should be legal, while 57% thought it should be illegal and 11% were not sure. A separate question on the same survey found that 64% of respondents supported legal recognition of same-sex couples, with 28% supporting same-sex marriage, 36% supporting civil unions, 32% opposing all legal recognition and 3% not sure.[35
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