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Gay marriage ban in Wyoming struck down by federal court

A federal district judge in Wyoming has struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, following a series of other court rulings extending equality to same-sex couples.

[Judge Scott W.] Skavdahl's order comes after a Thursday morning hearing in federal court in Casper. Plaintiffs in the case, called Guzzo v. Mead, asked Skavdahl to agree with the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which determined marriage is a fundamental right. [Casper Star-Tribune]

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals includes Wyoming in its regional jurisdiction. Thus, its earlier ruling on gay marriage in Utah has established a precedent from which the Wyoming district would act.

Judge Skavdahl has placed a temporary stay on his own ruling, however, in order to give the state an opportunity to appeal the ruling. The stay will last until Thursday of next week.

It should be noted, though, that a similar temporary stay just expired for a separate case in Alaska, and the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to grant an extension.