Healy's story features a gay couple who live in Caspar, Carl Oleson and Rob Johnston. They have been together for 16 years but their relationship enjoys no protections. He quotes Oleson,
You have to balance between so many things here. I still have to be a little discreet.
Being gay in Wyoming, known as the Equality State, has never been simple, and last week’s Supreme Court rulings, hailed as a victory for same-sex marriage, did little to change that. While many gay couples here cheered the decisions, they also said they woke up the next morning not feeling much more equal than they had the day before.
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Wyoming has never been easy to pigeonhole when it comes to gay rights. Republicans dominate state and local politics, and support for gun rights, low taxes and small government runs as deep as groundwater. But so does a cowboy libertarian streak, residents say, rooted in ranches, homesteads and a notion of “You live your life, and I’ll live mine.”
Healy notes that Wyoming repealed its sodomy law in 1977, many years before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down such laws as unconstitutional. Also, within the last decade, Casper had a 27-year-old gay mayor.