John M. Becker

Judge: Wyoming Has to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

Filed By John M. Becker | October 17, 2014 4:40 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Wyoming

wyoming-gay-flag.jpgA federal judge in Wyoming has just ruled that the Equality State cannot deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in accordance with the controlling precedent set by Tenth Circuit's decision in Kitchen v. Herbert, Utah's marriage equality case.

Judge Scott Skavdahl temporarily stayed his ruling until Thursday, October 23 in order to give the state time to appeal, should they choose to do so. If Wyoming has not appealed by 5:00 p.m. local time, the stay will be removed. The stay would also be lifted if state officials file notice that they do not intend to appeal to the Tenth Circuit.

Remarks last night by Matt Mead, Wyoming's Republican governor, indicate a strong possibility that the state will indeed not appeal the ruling. At a gubernatorial debate in Riverton, Mead said he didn't see the point:

"The answer is no, I don't think we should appeal the ruling... I think if the court rules, with the 10th Circuit already ruling, I don't see [that] there would be merit in appealing the judge's order."

So, how quickly the freedom to marry comes to the Cowboy State depends on whether or not Governor Mead keeps his promise. But barring the unforeseen, marriage equality will indeed become a reality in the land of Brokeback Mountain, and soon.

Alaska, Arizona, and Wyoming -- what a great day this is for marriage equality!

A copy of Judge Skavdahl's injunction and stay is after the break, via Equality Case Files.

2:14-cv-00200 #44 Wyoming Injunction & Temporary Stay by Equality Case Files

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