The Tenth Circuit


All eyes in the media are focused now on the liberal 9th Circuit, which will be considering the Prop 8 case. Meanwhile, two similar cases are now winding their way up through the Tenth Circuit.  The first is a case in Oklahoma, where a gay couple has challenged that state's marriage amendment on federal grounds.  And a new case was just filed in Wyoming, also in the 10th Circuit.

If the 9th Circuit denies standing in the Prop 8 appeal, a 10th Circuit panel will likely be the next deciding judges.

From the Associated Press:

(AP) CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A gay couple has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Wyoming law that defines marriage as existing only between a man and a woman.

David Shupe-Roderick and Ryan W. Dupree of Cheyenne say the Laramie County Clerk's Office has refused to issue them a marriage license. They're asking U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson to stop the state from enforcing any laws that block gays and lesbians from access to civil marriage.

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