Wyoming —- Clarification of Meaning of Marriage

Some Wyoming lawmakers say a same-sex divorce case pending in the state Supreme Court underscores the need to clarify what constitutes marriage in the state. A district judge in Niobrara County last year rejected a divorce case involving two women who married in Canada. The couple appealed after the judge said state law didn’t give him jurisdiction to dissolve their marriage. Current Wyoming law defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, but also says the state will recognize valid marriages performed elsewhere. A proposal to amend the Wyoming Constitution to specify that the state would only recognize marriages between one man and one woman is pending in the state Senate. Another bill to recognize same-sex marriages is pending in the House. ((14 JAN 2011))

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/article_2b181c22-2036-11e0-b714-001cc4c03286.html

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