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October 21, 2014

In contrast to flood of marriages in Nevada and Idaho, Equality State off to slow start

Wyoming has officially become the 32nd state in the US where gay marriage is legal but there was no stampede for licenses  by same-sex couples on Tuesday (21 October).

Only a handful of couples were quick to take advantage of the opportunity in contrast to the hundreds who were already waiting in Nevada and Idaho when those state bans were lifted.

Dirk Andrews and Travis Gray in Caspar and Jennifer Mumaugh and A.J. McDaniel in Cheyenne were among the first same-sex couples to be issued a marriage license or to marry in the state.

October 20, 2014

Known as 'The Equality State,' Wyoming will become 32nd state in the US with marriage equality

The state of Wyoming does not plan to fight a judge's decision to strike down its gay marriage ban so same-sex couples can begin marrying in the state at 10 am on Tuesday (21 October).

The state's decision comes three days after US District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl found the state’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.

In making his ruling, the judge cited two recent decisions of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit striking down Utah’s and Oklahoma’s bans on marriage for same-sex couples.

October 17, 2014

Governor Matt Mead does not think state should appeal the ruling

A federal judge on Friday (17 October) struck down Wyoming's ban on gay marriage.

US District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl made the ruling then placed it on hold until next Thursday (23 October) in order to give state officials time to prepare an appeal.

But that may not even happen.

The state's Republican governor, Matt Mead (pictured, said at a debate Thursday (16 October) that the legal handwriting is on the wall.

October 12, 2014

Today (12 October) marks the 16th anniversary of the death of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard. His parents have spoken out about homophobia, hate, their son's death and the work of the Matthew Shepard Foundation

Matthew Shepard was killed in a brutal gay bashing that shocked the world.

He was abducted and tortured by two men, before being left to die – tied to a fence – near the town of Laramie, Wyoming.

Discovered 18 hours later, he was taken to hospital but died six days later on 12 October 1998 from the severe head injuries that he had suffered. He was 21.

His attackers were arrested and eventually sentenced to two-consecutive life sentences each for the crime.

September 29, 2014

We travel through time and the United States in honor of LGBT History Month, looking at where gay rights history was made

During October, we celebrate LGBT History Month in the US.

While the first celebration of LGBT History Month took place in 1994, the struggle for social, political and economic equality had been brewing for decades before.

Well into a new century, we look at the huge wins and massive losses we’ve seen in the legal and social battles to achieve true equality for LGBTI individuals not just in the US, but the world over.

We’ve been inspired by rebellious drag queens to stand up and speak out.

August 5, 2014

Bid launched to ensure religiously-affiliated adoption agencies continue to receive US funding even if they refuse to deal with LGBT prospective parents

The Family Equality Council is the latest campaigning group to react with protest at the news that a US Federal Bill could create, what it calls, ‘adoption discrimination’.

May 1, 2014

A coalition of Wyoming attorneys, including a former state Attorney General, have gone public in support of efforts to overturn their state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage

A large group of attorneys in the US state of Wyoming have signed on to a group statement in support of the legalization of same-sex marriage in their state.

The 54 attorneys are the first to join the group Wyoming Lawyers for Marriage and the list include former Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank, Democratic Representative Mary Throne, Republican Representative Matt Greene, Laramie County District Attorney Timothy Forwood and four University of Wyoming College of Law professors.

May 1, 2014

A coalition of Wyoming attorneys, including a former state Attorney General, have gone public in support of efforts to overturn their state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage

A large group of attorneys in the US state of Wyoming have signed on to a group statement in support of the legalization of same-sex marriage in their state.

The 54 attorneys are the first to join the group Wyoming Lawyers for Marriage and the list include former Wyoming Attorney General Pat Crank, Democratic Representative Mary Throne, Republican Representative Matt Greene, Laramie County District Attorney Timothy Forwood and four University of Wyoming College of Law professors.

March 19, 2014

HRC delivers petition with 35,000 signatures in support of Taylor Ellis

Taylor Ellis was one of seven students asked to write a bio to appear in the Sheridan High School yearbook.

The problem is, at least to the school principal and district superintendent, is that in his profile, Ellis talks about being gay.

The school's refusal to publish the profile has led to a standoff that resulted in the largest LGBTI rights organization in the US delivering a petition with more than 35,000 to the headquarters of Sheridan School District on Wednesday (19 March).

March 19, 2014

By the most epic fail in anti-gay history, the hate pastor not only failed to win people over but made the homophobes’ cause untenable

It feels like Fred Phelps has always been, and always will be, anti-gay hatred personified.

But he hasn’t always been there. Back in the 90s, when we were still reeling from the AIDS crisis and struggling with painfully slow gains for LGBTI equality, Phelps was not a public figure.

Then an event occurred that was so graphic and raw, that it tore not only at the heart of the LGBT community, but caught the attention of the mass population in a way that hundreds of thousands of deaths of gay men from AIDS had not.

March 6, 2014

Says one plaintiff: 'As much as I love this state, it is frustrating to be treated differently by the government because of who I love'

Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit against Wyoming on Wednesday (5 March) in an effort to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage.

The suit not only challenges the ban on same-sex couples marrying but also the state's refusal to recognize the marriages of couples married in other states where they are legal.

Filed in state court, the suit claims that the current laws against same-sex marriage violate the Wyoming constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process.

March 4, 2014

A group of 20 Republicans from the American West lead by two former US senators are joining court battles over same-sex marriage on the side of the LGBTI community

A group of Republicans is filing friend-of-the-court briefs in appeals battles over state bans on same-sex marriage and has already done so in Utah and Oklahoma after courts struck down their state bans.

The group of gay friendly Republicans are being lead by former Senator Alan K Simpson of Wyoming and former Senator Nancy L Kassebaum of Kansas.

March 1, 2014

'I'm thrilled to work with the league to support two fantastic organizations...'

The National Basketball League announced proceeds from the sale of Jason Collins' jersey will  be donated to two LGBTI rights organizations.

Collins, who is in the middle of a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets that could be extended, is the first openly gay player in the league.

He wears #98 in memory of Matthew Shepard, a college student who was murdered in 1998 in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming.

February 28, 2014

Judi Shepard describes league's first openly gay player as 'very kind, smart, humble'

The parents of slain college student Matthew Shepard met with Jason Collins on Thursday (27 February) after the NBA's first openly gay player played his second game for the Brooklyn Nets.

Collins, in the middle of a 10-day contract with the Nets that could be extended, wore a #98 jersey in memory of Shepard who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in 1998.

February 25, 2014

'We were very touched. For him to make that tribute to Matt was meaningful to us'

Openly gay basketball player Jason Collins will continue to wear '98' to honor Matthew Shepard.

The out college student was brutally murdered in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998.

Collins, a 12-year National Basketball Association veteran, came out last spring in a Sports Illustrated cover story.

February 25, 2014

Conservative radio host says: '... It's now been proven (it) didn't happen' while discussing Jason Collins wearing #98 in honor of Shepard

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh made tne bizarre claim on Monday that Matthew Shepard, whose 1998 murder led to a federal hate crime law in the US, was not killed because he was gay.

Limbaugh was discussing the return to the NBA of Jason Collins who wears the number 98 on his uniform in honor of Shepard and the year he was murdered.

January 27, 2014

A production based on the tragic love story between two cowboys, played by actors Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger, opens this week in Madrid

The gay cowboy love film Brokeback Mountain gets its own musical production, debuting this week in Madrid, Spain.

The English-language opera is based on the 2005 Oscar-winning film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath ledger as two cowboys who fall in love in 1960s Wyoming.

The tragic love story of Jack and Ennis will be portrayed in this opera by Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch and American tenor Tom Randle, according to a AFP.

January 6, 2014

Liz Cheney cites 'family health issues' for ending sinking campaign in Wyoming

The daughter of former US Vice President Dick Cheney has dropped her bid for the Republican nomination for a Senate seat in Wyoming.

Liz Cheney, 47, said in a statement that 'serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign.'

Cheney did not specify what health issues are that forced her to abandon her floundering campaign to oust incumbent Mike Enzi.

January 6, 2014

Liz Cheney cites 'family health issues' for ending sinking campaign in Wyoming

The daughter of former US Vice President Dick Cheney has dropped her bid for the Republican nomination for a Senate seat in Wyoming.

Liz Cheney, 47, said in a statement that 'serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign.'

Cheney did not specify what health issues are that forced her to abandon her floundering campaign to oust incumbent Mike Enzi.

November 21, 2013

Daughters of former US VP Dick Cheney were already not on speaking terms before their battle became public last week

The once-close daughters of former US Vice President Dick Cheney had already not been speaking to each other for months before their family feud over gay marriage became public last week.

Engaged in an uphill battle for a US senate seat in Wyoming, Liz Cheney publicly announced she was against same-sex marriage despite having a lesbian sister who was in one.

Mary Cheney decided to go public and blasted her sister in a series of Facebook posts.

November 18, 2013

'This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it become public'

A day after their daughters had a public war of words over gay marriage, former US Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife issued a statement trying to calm the situation.

The couple said they are 'pained' over the spat between Liz Cheney and and her lesbian sister Mary Cheney. Liz Cheney is challenging fellow Republican Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi in 2014 and opposes same-sex marriage.

November 17, 2013

While Liz Cheney does not support same-sex marriage, she thinks the issue is best settled at the state level as opposed to a constitutional amendment

US Senate candidate Liz Cheney stands by her opposition to marriage equality.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and sister to Mary, an out lesbian, is challenging fellow Republican Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi in 2014.

October 16, 2013

Tim Newcomb points out Aaron McKinney, serving life for Matthew Shepard's murder, said years after the crime the University of Wyoming student 'needed killing'

An attorney involved in Matthew Shepard's murder trial is pushing back against many of the conclusions revealed in Stephen Jimenez's controversial The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard.

Lawyer Tim Newcomb was the appellate attorney for Russell Henderson, Aaron McKinney's accomplice in the University of Wyoming student's killing.

Newcomb is listed as a source in Jimenez's book.

October 16, 2013

Tim Newcomb points out Aaron McKinney, serving life for Matthew Shepard's murder, said years after the crime the University of Wyoming student 'needed killing'

An attorney involved in Matthew Shepard's murder trial is pushing back against many of the conclusions revealed in Stephen Jimenez's controversial The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard.

Lawyer Tim Newcomb was the appellate attorney for Russell Henderson, Aaron McKinney's accomplice in the University of Wyoming student's killing.

Newcomb is listed as a source in Jimenez's book.