What's next for Wyoming same-sex couples?

By: Carlie McGuire Email
By: Carlie McGuire Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) A same-sex marriage ban was struck down in Utah on Wednesday, so what does that have to do with Wyoming? The court that took on the case, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver includes several states including Wyoming, so their decision impacts the Cowboy State. But the fight for marriage equality in Wyoming is far from over.

The implementation of the ruling has been stayed, meaning it's on hold while Utah appeals the decision, likely to the U.S. Supreme Court. While no same-sex couples in Wyoming are getting their marriage licenses yet, Jeran Artery with Wyoming Equality says this is a big step in the right direction.

Wyoming Equality, along with four same-sex couples in Wyoming filed a suit back in March for the right to marry in the state and for Wyoming to recognize marriage licenses from other states. "The 10th Circuit Court sets a precedent so we would be hopeful that when our case would reach the Wyoming Supreme Court that they would view [Wednesday's] decision as a precedent when they make their ruling," Artery said.

But as of now, it's a waiting game. Either to get in front of the Wyoming Supreme Court for their case, or for the Utah case to reach the U.S. Supreme Court . 'A lot of us are anxious for this because it affects our every day lives. But it is what it is and we'll just have to wait and see," said Artery.

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