Oct 21, 2014 8:24 AM by Cheryl Wengren
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming stands poised to become the latest state to allow gay marriage as a wave of court rulings brings expanded rights to same-sex couples across the nation.
The state was scheduled to file a legal notice saying it won't defend a Wyoming law that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
After that formality, county clerks around the state can begin to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and the state will recognize same-sex unions performed legally elsewhere.
The change is particularly notable in a state where the 1998 beating death of a gay University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, still influences national perceptions.