Wyoming Marriage Equality Advocates Hope to End Workplace Discrimination

By Kari Eakins – 22 Oct ’14

Wyoming marriage equality advocates are celebrating the legalization of same-sex marriage in the Cowboy State, but they’re also saying there is still work to be done.

AJ McDaniel and Jennifer Mumaugh were the first same-sex couple to be wed in Laramie County. They say they’re hoping that being legally married will mean that AJ, a transgender male who is legally female, will be able to adopt their four-month-old son. In addition Jennifer says she hopes progress can now be made on issues like healthcare and workplace discrimination.

“The last thing we want is for these great couple to go and place their wedding picture on their desk and then be fired because of it,” said Jeran Artery of Wyoming Equality. “Wyoming has no non-discrimination protections in place and we’ve got to change that.”

Laramie Representative Cathy Connolly says she plans to introduce a new anti-discrimination bill during the next legislative session. She has introduced one each of the past six years, but they have all failed.