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Utah’s gay marriage lawsuit may affect Wyoming

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Photo: AP Photo/The Deseret News, Tom Smart
Photo: AP Photo/The Deseret News, Tom Smart

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A legal challenge to Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage could have ramifications for Wyoming and other western states.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is set to begin hearing arguments Thursday in a case that seeks to let gay couples marry in Utah.

The case is one of dozens of pending lawsuits in about 30 states across the country, including Wyoming. They seek to override gay marriage bans at the state or federal level.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the ruling could also affect Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.

Four same-sex couples and supporters filed a lawsuit last month against Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and other officials. The lawsuit challenges Wyoming law specifying marriage may only exist between one man and one woman.

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