Status: State statute banning marriage equality.
In Courage v. Wyoming, four same-sex couples are seeking to overturn Wyoming’s law prohibiting the state from recognizing same-sex marriages. Two of the couples are legally married, and two are seeking to marry in Wyoming. The lawsuit was filed on March 5, 2014 and is currently with the Laramie County District Court. Additionally, Wyoming is part of the Tenth Circuit and, as such, would likely be bound by any Supreme Court ruling in Utah’s Kitchen v. Herbert or Oklahoma’s Bishop v. Smith case.
According to a July 2013 PPP poll, 64 percent of Wyoming voters support marriage rights for same-sex couples or civil unions.
UCLA’s Williams Institute estimates that establishing marriage equality in Wyoming would add $2.4 million to the state’s economy within the first three years. It would also add $134,000 in sales tax revenue and create up to 24 jobs.
According to the 2010 U.S. census, an estimated 657 same-sex couples are living in Wyoming.