The gay marriage ban in Wyoming was stuck down by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl last week after it was determined that it violated the U.S. Constitution. "After reviewing the law and the judge's decision that binding precedent requires recognition of same-sex marriage, I have concluded that further legal process will result in delay but not a different result," Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael said in a statement, according to Reuters.
The ceremonies can begin after the state files a formal notice with the court saying it will not pursue an appeal. The state will inform a federal court at 10 a.m. on Tuesday that it will not appeal last Friday's ruling, Michael said in statement, according to the Associated Press.
"The Laramie County Clerk will be required to provide marriage licenses to otherwise qualified individuals without regard to whether the applicants are a same-sex couple,” Michael said, according to Reuters. Other counties will also be able to administer marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Wyoming now joins 31 other U.S. states that allow gay nuptials. Wyoming must also “recognize same-sex marriages entered into elsewhere under its laws, policies and practices," Michael said, according to the AP.
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