Wyoming prepares to legalize same-sex marriage

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.


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