Americans for Marriage Equality

State ResourcesWyoming

Status: Marriage equality.

In Courage v. Wyoming, four same-sex couples represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and private attorneys sought to overturn Wyoming’s law which prohibited the state from recognizing same-sex marriages. Two of the couples are legally married, and two were seeking to marry in Wyoming. The lawsuit was filed on March 5, 2014.

On October 6th, the U.S. Supreme Court denied cert to all marriage equality cases pending review, including cases in Tenth Circuit states Oklahoma and Utah. Just days later, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and state-based group Wyoming Unites filed a new case challenging the state’s ban which sought “immediate compliance” from officials in Wyoming with the now-binding ruling from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The case was heard on October 16 and the next day, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl overturned the state’s marriage ban. Skavdahl stayed his ruling, barring officials from enforcing the state’s marriage equality ban in a preliminary injunction in order to give the state time to appeal. When state officials announced that they would not appeal, couples were able to begin marrying on October 21.