A bill that would replace the word "spouse" in Wyoming state law with the
term "domestic partner" has passed out of a key state House committee, a
development some say signals an embrace of gay rights by the state's
libertarian legislative culture. Democratic Rep. Cathy Connolly, the first openly
gay state legislator in Wyoming, proposed the measure. "We passed the
first step, but it's a big step," Connolly said. The committee
rejected a bill that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry.