John M. Becker

Wyoming Marriage Ruling Coming by Monday

Filed By John M. Becker | October 16, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

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

wyoming-map.jpgA federal judge in Wyoming says he'll issue an order by Monday at 5:00 p.m. local time in a marriage equality case brought by the National Center for Lesbian Rights that could bring the freedom to marry to the Cowboy State. The Casper Star-Tribune reports:

U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl plans to issue an order by Monday in a case that could legalize same-sex marriage in Wyoming.

Skavdahl heard arguments from attorneys representing gay marriage advocates and the state during a Thursday morning hearing in Casper. He also listened to testimony from Laramie County Clerk Debra Lathrop, who is one of the defendants in the case.

The judge said he would consider the arguments and examine a few more issues before issuing his ruling by 5 p.m. Monday.

Gay marriage supporters say Wyoming should legalize same-sex marriage in light of an Oct. 6 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

But it's not just "gay marriage" [sic] supporters that say it's time for marriage equality in Wyoming: the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals thinks so too, based on its ruling in Utah's Kitchen v. Herbert case, which found marriage discrimination unconstitutional.

Because the Supreme Court declined to review Kitchen earlier this month, the Tenth Circuit's holding in the case is controlling precedent in the entire circuit, including Wyoming. This means that the Wyoming case has to be decided consistently with Kitchen -- meaning in favor of the freedom to marry.

Stay tuned, folks!

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