Wyoming judge strikes down laws denying the freedom to marry to same-sex couples
October 17, 2014
UPDATE: On Friday afternoon, Wyoming Governor Mead announced that he did not intend to file an appeal in the ruling. Per the judge's order today, that means that the stay in the decision will expire as soon as the court receives official notice that the state will not appeal! Wyoming is the 32nd state where same-sex couples have the freedom to marry!
Today, October 17, U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Wyoming in a federal legal case that challenged the state’s anti-marriage constitutional amendment. This makes Wyoming the 32nd state with the freedom to marry.
The case, Guzzo v. Mead, was filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality Wyoming on behalf of several same-sex couples, who made the case that the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals' rulings taking effect in favor of marriage in Oklahoma and Utah should apply and be implemented in Wyoming, which is also bound by the jurisdiction of the 10th Circuit.
The ruling strikes down Wyoming’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. It comes just over two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the freedom to marry to take effect immediately in 5 different states and cleared the way for marriage in an additional 6, including Wyoming.
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For the past year, Freedom to Marry has been proud to work as a leading and founding member of Wyoming Unites for Marriage, a public education campaign dedicated to starting and fueling the conversation on the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Learn more about the campaign here.
Freedom to Marry applauds the legal team at NCLR and Equality Wyoming and the plaintiffs for their bravery in challenging the state's marriage ban.
When Wyoming begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, 32 states will officially have the freedom to marry, with the path to marriage paved in 4 other states thanks to appellate rulings in the 4th, 9th, and 10th Circuits.
Learn more about where state laws stand here.