On 17 October 2014, Judge Scott W Skavdahl in the US District Court in Wyoming granted a preliminary injunction and temporary stay ordering the state not to enforce or apply the state statute denying marriage to same-sex couples or to deny recognition of otherwise valid same-sex marriages entered into elsewhere. The Court stayed the order until 23 October 2014 or until the State files notice that they will not appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, See below at: [C2.6], [R2.5].
State law defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman, but it also requires the State to recognize marriages performed in other states [quaere: see below] [L1.15].
Title 20 – Domestic Relations. Chapter 1 – Husband and Wife. Article 1 – Creation of Marriage [L1.15].
20–1–101. Marriage a civil contract.
Marriage is a civil contract between a male and a female person to which the consent of the parties capable of contracting is essential.
20-1-111. Foreign marriages.
All marriage contracts which are valid by the laws of the country in which contracted are valid in this state. [Quare: other US “States”]
On 13 February 2014, the Wyoming House defeated 41-17 HB87 that would have defined marriage as a contract between two natural persons and HB108 that would have prohibited the state from recognizing gay marriages performed outside the state was defeated 31-29 [R1.14].
On 28 January 2013, the House Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee rejected a marriage equality bill (HB0169) in a 5–4 vote, but voted 7–2 to send a domestic partnership bill (HB0168) to the full House for consideration [R1.13].
On 02 March 2011, the Senate rejected a bill that would have prevented the state from recognizing marriages for same-sex couples performed outside of the state with a 16–14 vote. The legislation is now dead but can be sent back to a difference conference committee by the president of the senate [R1.12].
On 01 March 2011, the six-member legislative conference committee voted 4–2 vote, to narrow House Bill 74 to only invalidate same-sex marriages from other states and countries [R1.11].
On 22 February 2011, the House of Representatives voted not to agree with Senate changes to a bill that would specify that the state wouldn’t recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. A House and Senate conference committee will meet later to try to resolve the difference [R1.10].
On 17 February 2011, the Senate voted to advance a bill that would ban recognition of same-sex marriages performed out of state, but the chamber also approved an amendment that would remove language to prohibit civil unions [R1.9].
On 28 January 2011, House Bill 149 to redefine marriage as a union between two natural persons instead of one man and one woman died in the House Judiciary Committee for lack of a motion [R1.8].
On 27 January 2011, the Senate voted 20–10 approving a bill to allow voters to decide whether the state constitution should be amended to specify non-recognition of same-sex marriages. The bill now goes to the House [R1.7].
On 25 January 2011, Senate Joint Resolution 5, which defines marriage as a union only between two people of the opposite sex, was passed 21–9. The legislation would need to clear two more senate votes before advancing to the House, where passage in not certain [R1.6]
On 24 January 2011, House Bill 74 prohibiting recognition of legal same-sex marriages performed outside Wyoming was passed in a 32–27 vote and headed for the Senate [R1.5].
In January 2011, House Bill 74 would change state law to prohibit recognition of legal same-sex marriages performed outside Wyoming. House Bill 149 would legalize same-sex marriages in Wyoming [R1.4].
In December 2010, a proposal to allow Wyoming’s voters to determine whether the state Constitution should define marriage as a union between a man and a woman was expected to return during the 2011 general session of the Wyoming Legislature (Senate Joint Resolution 5) [R1.3].
In February 2009, the state legislature was considering legislation that would clear the way for a statewide ballot that would ban recognition of any out-of-state gay marriage [R1.1]. The state legislature rejected the bill [R1.2].
In 1997, a second attempt to ban same-sex marriages failed to advance past the Labor, Health and Social Service Committee.
In 1996, an attempt to ban same-sex marriages failed to receive enough votes for introduction.