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Judge Strikes Down Wyoming Gay Marriage Ban

But the federal judge put his order on hold until Oct. 23 to give opponents a chance to appeal. Wyoming's governor has said he opposes an appeal.
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A federal judge has struck down Wyoming's ban on same-sex marriage.

Judge Scott Skavdahl acted just a day after hearing argument in the case.

He has put his own ruling on hold until Thursday or until state officials declare that they will not appeal, whichever comes first.

Republican Governor Matt Mead said in a debate last night that he saw no point in an appeal, given that the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, of which Wyoming is a part, has already ruled that laws similar to Wyoming's are unconstitutional.

This will bring the number of gay marriage states to 32. Kansas remains the exception among the six states of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals where courts have ruled against the bans.


— Pete Williams