Wyoming

STATUS:

Anti-marriage law, no anti-gay constitutional amendment

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

Marriage supporters from across the state have joined together to form Wyoming Unites for Marriage, a public education campaign designed to begin the conversation about the freedom to marry for all loving, committed couples in the state. Take the pledge with Wyoming Unites for Marriage HERE.

NCLR has also been filed a lawsuit in Wyoming state court seeking the freedom to marry and respect for same-sex couples' out-of-state marriages. Follow the Marriage Litigation in Wyoming.

As this case makes its way up through the courts, Wyomingites across the state will continue to do the work of having conversations about why marriage matters and creating a climate for victory.

HISTORY:

Several times in the past six years, the Wyoming state legislature has proposed or voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman, but the amendment has never been approved or advanced.

In 1977, the Wyoming legislature approved a state statute that forbid the government from recognizing or performing marriages between same-sex couples.

GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:

  • Wyoming Unites for Marriage is the grassroots public education campaign to build support for the freedom to marry in Wyoming.
  • Wyoming Equality is Wyoming's central organization connecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
  • The National Center for Lesbian Rights works to bring civil rights to all families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education, and is working on the lawsuit to bring the freedom to marry for all families in Wyoming. 
  • Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.

POLLING DATA:

Support for the freedom to marry has increased sharply in the past 8 years, with 41% of the state's residents now supporting marriage. In 2004, just 26% were supportive. (Williams Institute, 2012)     

NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:

According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 657 same-sex couples are living in Wyoming, representing 2.9 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

Blog Posts Related to Wyoming

VIDEO: Freedom to Marry launches national TV ad featuring Republican Sen. Simpson

Today, just days before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals kicks off a wave of hearings and rulings on the freedom to marry at the appellate level, Freedom to Marry released a national television ad featuring former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming

Wyoming Unites for Marriage launches public education campaign in The Equality State

Freedom to Marry is proud to serve as a founding and leading member of the campaign. Alongside state stalwarts One Colorado and the ACLU of Colorado, Why Marriage Matters CO will fuel a robust conversation about same-sex couples and their families in the state.

Four Wyoming couples file lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry

On March 5, the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed a new lawsuit in state court on behalf of Wyoming Equality and four same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry or respect for marriages legally performed in other states.

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Resources Related to Wyoming

Party Principles: Support for the Freedom to Marry by State and National Political Parties

A listing of both state and national political parties that have made strong statements in support of the freedom to marry.

Wyoming Census Snapshot

Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Wyoming.

Geographic Trends Among Same-Sex Couples in the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey

Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".

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