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.
‘It’s surreal,’ Andrews told the Associated Press. ‘We can’t believe it’s happening.’
While he and Gray plan to marry in a ceremony in a few weeks, Mumaugh and McDaniel have already exchanged vows.
‘With Wyoming being the Equality State, it’s kind of like, "Well, duh,:"’ Mumaugh told the AP. ‘But Wyoming does have a stigma. I’m surprised with the progress of the state and that of the people throughout the state over time.’