A growing number of Wyomingites back same-sex marriage. Could more of the state’s politicians follow suit? – Casper Star-Tribune

In September, Rep. Liz Cheney admitted she was wrong to oppose same-sex marriage.

The acknowledgement, made during a 60 Minutes interview, came eight years after Cheney said, while campaigning for U.S. Senate in 2013, that she opposed same-sex marriage. Her stance then put her at odds with others in her family. Her sister, Mary, is a lesbian who is married to a woman. Her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, has backed same-sex marriage since 2009

“I was wrong,” Rep. Cheney said in the 60 Minutes interview. “I love my sister very much. I love her family very much, and I was wrong. It’s a very personal issue and very personal for my family. I believe that my dad was right, and my sister and I have had that conversation.”

Cheney’s support for marriage drew national headlines. But in many ways, her changed stance on the issue mirrors a broadening acceptance of same-sex marriage in Wyoming, both in politics and among the general public.

As of 2017, 62% of Wyomingites backed same-sex marriage, which was legalized by the courts here in 2014. Although Wyoming is one of the nation’s most conservative states by many measures, its version of conservatism traditionally tends to leans libertarian, with a focus less on social issues than fiscal ones. In that sense, Cheney is falling in line with the broader sentiment in Wyoming — and the rest of the nation.

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Rep. Liz Cheney sits for an interview with the Star-Tribune in May at the newspaper’s office in Casper. Cheney publicly changed her stance on same-sex marriage this year.

Support for legal same-sex marriage stands at 70% nationally, according to a 2021 Gallup poll. That’s the highest rating since the outfit began polling on the issue in 1996. Since 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, support has increased 10 points.

“Are we being progressive? No, we’re just being realistic that society has changed,” said state Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne, who is gay himself. “People’s views on same-sex marriage have evolved astronomically in a generation.”

Limited government

Conservatism dominates Wyoming politics. Republicans enjoy a supermajority in the Legislature. They hold all five statewide offices including governor. Even on the local level, Wyoming trends red in most towns and cities.

But that doesn’t mean the state has legislatively railed against the LGBTQ community. The Legislature has not passed an anti-LGBTQ bill since 1977, even as many other conservative states have gone in that direction in recent years, said Sara Burlingame, a former lawmaker and executive director of Wyoming …….


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Julia Roberts’ shock marriage details to Danny Moder revealed – HELLO!

December 21, 2021 – 16:50 GMT

Hannah Hargrave

Julia Roberts and Danny Moder’s marriage details might surprise fans as the couple keep their personal life out of the spotlight

Julia Roberts and Danny Moder have one of the longest and most successful marriages in Hollywood history and it may have something to do with them keeping their personal life out of the spotlight. 

The same went for when they tied the knot almost two decades ago. Despite Julia being a huge A-lister, worth millions of dollars, their nuptials were remarkably low-key. 



PM Modi takes swipe at rivals for criticising move to raise marriage age for girls – The Indian Express

Highlighting his government’s recent decision to raise the legal age of marriage for girls from 18 to 21 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took on his political rivals for criticising this move.

“Earlier, the legal age of marriage for sons was 21 years, but for daughters it was only 18 years. The daughters also wanted that they should get time to pursue their studies and to get equal opportunities. Therefore, efforts are being made to bring the age of marriage to 21 years for daughters. The country is taking this decision for the sake of daughters,” Modi said.

“But everyone is seeing who is having problems with this,” the PM said, taking a swip…….