Opportunity and Inclusion

Wyoming Democrats have a proud history of defending the rights of citizens and expanding opportunity for all people in wyoming.

From the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, Democrats have fought to end discrimination in all forms. For too many hard working Wyomingites, though, this ideal is still far from a reality. We will fight Republican attempts to rob laborers of fair wages and we will fight to ensure that LGBT Wyomingites are judged solely on the merits of their work. Democrats will always stand up for those who continue to be denied their basic civil rights.

 

Equal work demands equal pay. Women in Wyoming make, on average, 68 cents for  every dollar a man makes. Wyoming ranks 49th in the country for our gender pay gap. As a state with a strong history of leading the country on women’s rights; Wyoming should lead the way on gender equality, not come in at the back of the line when our hard working women and families need us most.

 

We support the ratification and passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” We believe, along with the majority of Wyomingites, that men and women should be equal under the law and that this should be supported in our nation’s constitution.  

 

Nondiscrimination Employment Protections. By not having a policy that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, the state is only adding to our burden of recruiting top talent to our state. Taking part in any discrimination isn't just wrong. It’s bad business. It’s time to add protections to the law so that without one dollar of economic development or taxpayer funds spent, we can help Wyoming be competitive for needed workers in tourism, energy, technology and all sectors.

 

 

Courtesy of the Equality State Policy Center