Wyoming

STATUS:

Marriage

WINNING MARRIAGE:

On October 17, 2014, 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. The ruling came with a stay on the order, set to expire when the state of Wyoming filed notice of whether or not they would appeal.

Just hours after the decision was issued, Wyoming Governor Mead announced that the state would not appeal the marriage ruling, meaning that as soon as official word is filed, the freedom to marry will be law in Wyoming. 

This year, marriage supporters from across the state 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.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Wyoming Equality also led two separate legal cases in Wyoming state and federal court seeking the freedom to marry and respect for same-sex couples' out-of-state marriages. Follow the Marriage Litigation in Wyoming.

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

Wyoming judge strikes down laws denying the freedom to marry to same-sex couples

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.

Finishing the Job: how marriage is moving forward nationwide

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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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