Wyoming urges judge to dismiss gay marriage suit

By: AP
By: AP
The state of Wyoming is asking a district judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four gay couples and a gay rights advocacy group seeking to force the state to recognize gay marriage.

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Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The state of Wyoming is asking a district judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four gay couples and a gay rights advocacy group seeking to force the state to recognize gay marriage.

The Wyoming Attorney General's Office filed a response last month with District Judge Thomas Campbell of Cheyenne. The state denies Wyoming's refusal to allow same-sex couples to marry violates the state constitution.

Wyoming law specifies marriage occurs between one man and one woman.

The lawsuit seeks to force state officials to recognize gay marriages performed outside Wyoming and to allow gay couples to marry inside the state.

The plaintiffs are the Cheyenne-based gay rights group Wyoming Equality and four couples — two who were married outside Wyoming and two who want to wed in Wyoming.

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