As of 10 AM Mountain Time Tuesday, marriage equality is the law of the land in Wyoming, “The Equality State.” A federal judge overturned its ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, but stayed the decision for a full week to allow for an appeal. The state decided not to appeal, bringing an end to the stay a few days early.
Wyoming is the 32nd state where same-sex couples can marry, and more may still be on the way in the near future. A federal judge has set a hearing for Friday in Kansas, one of the few remaining states impacted by Circuit Court rulings. Similarly, Montana will hold a hearing on November 20, but South Carolina’s schedule hasn’t been set yet.
The Sixth Circuit, which is currently weighing cases from all four states that it serves — Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee — could rule any day. The Fifth Circuit is set to consider cases from Texas and Louisiana, but oral arguments have not yet been scheduled.
Some of the other states without same-sex marriage still have cases advancing as well. Oral arguments played out in South Dakota last week, and a federal judge has scheduled a hearing in a challenge to Arkansas’ ban on November 20. Meanwhile, a new suit has been filed in Mississippi by attorney Roberta Kaplan, who successfully represented Edie Windsor in challenging the Defense of Marriage Act before the Supreme Court.
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