05/13/2015 17:59 EDT | Updated 05/13/2016 01:12 EDT

Rebounding from infamous Matthew Shepard killing, Laramie leads anti-discrimination push

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Gay rights advocates have pushed unsuccessfully for years for a Wyoming law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.Now, they are poised to pass the first such ban: a local ordinance in Laramie, the college town where Matthew Shepard's death triggered nationwide sympathy and brought a re-examination of attitudes toward gays 17 years ago.The Laramie City Council is scheduled to hold its third and final vote on a proposed ban Wednesday evening. The measure would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and access to public facilities such as restaurants.Shepard's mother, Judy, runs a foundation that bears his name. She says she's thrilled Laramie is poised to act, but says she's saddened the entire state hasn't done so.