ACLU Closing Wyoming Office

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A.P. 4-3,2015

The American Civil Liberties Union is closing its Wyoming office because of funding issues and most of its employees will be laid off.

Wyoming ACLU Executive Director Linda Burt says the office in Cheyenne will close April 10.

Three people will be laid off and a fourth staff member who works on gay and transgender rights under a grant will stay with the organization.

National ACLU spokeswoman Marsha Zeesman says the Wyoming office was not able to raise the money to be self-sustaining.

Burt tells the Casper Star-Tribune that it’s difficult to support an organization like the ACLU in a small state.

Steve Klein, of the Wyoming Liberty Group, said he frequently disagreed with the Wyoming ACLU, but says it’s a big loss for the state without it.