John M. Becker

BREAKING: Wyoming Marriages Will Start Tomorrow

Filed By John M. Becker | October 20, 2014 2:25 PM | comments

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

wyoming-gay-flag.jpgThe state of Wyoming will formally notify a federal court tomorrow morning that it will not appeal a ruling striking down the state's marriage discrimination amendment, allowing same-gender marriages to begin at that time. The Associated Press reports:

Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael says the state will notify a federal court at 10 a.m. Tuesday that it won't appeal last Friday's ruling that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled last Friday that the state must permit same-sex marriage, but he issued a stay until this Thursday in order to allow time for the state to appeal.

Skavdahl said his ruling will take effect immediately if the state files paperwork saying it will not appeal.

More from the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which sued for marriage equality in Wyoming, via press release:

Said Wyoming Equality Executive Director Jeran Artery: "We are thrilled that the State of Wyoming will truly live up to its promise as the Equality State and that same-sex couples and their families will no longer live with the indignity of injustice that has caused so much harm to so many people over the years. This is a great day, and we are grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make it possible."

Said NCLR Senior Attorney Christopher F. Stoll: "Starting tomorrow, all Wyoming families will finally be able to share in the security and protection that marriage provides. Wyoming's same-sex couples will benefit in countless ways from having their relationships recognized and respected by the state, and their children will have the security of growing up with parents who are married. We thank the Wyoming couples who courageously stood up to bring this case so that all Wyoming families can enjoy the freedom to marry."

Wyoming has no waiting period to marry.

Get ready for marriage equality, Wyoming! Congratulations!


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