U.S. District Court for Wyoming strikes down state’s same-sex marriage ban


With all the excitement here in Arizona yesterday, it was almost overlooked that the U.S. District Court for the state of Wyoming struck down that state’s same-sex marriage ban on Friday. Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog reports, Same-sex marriage today: A round-up:

EqualIn Wyoming, U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl of Casper, relying on an earlier decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, ruled that state’s ban unconstitutional.  The judge gave the state six days (until next Thursday) to tell him whether officials planned to appeal.  However, the state’s governor, Matt Mead, had said during a election campaign debate on Thursday night that if the ban were nullified, he saw no need to appeal.  Wyoming thus seemed poised to become the thirty-second state where same-sex marriage would be legal.  (UPDATE 8:21 p.m.  The governor has now issued a public statement indicating that the state would not appeal.)

So Wyoming is following Arizona’s example in accepting that this is now settled law and is not filing an appeal.