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Case Name Courage v. Wyoming PB-WY-0001
Docket / Court 182-262 ( State Court )
State/Territory Wyoming
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Same-Sex Marriage
Attorney Organization National Center for Lesbian Rights
Case Summary
On March 5, 2014, four same-sex couples and Wyoming Equality filed a lawsuit in state court in Cheyenne challenging Wyoming's laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and refuse to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states. The complaint argued that the ... read more >
On March 5, 2014, four same-sex couples and Wyoming Equality filed a lawsuit in state court in Cheyenne challenging Wyoming's laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and refuse to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states. The complaint argued that the same-sex-marriage ban violated the Wyoming Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process.

Plaintiffs are represented by private counsel and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). The state moved to dismiss the case, and on July 1, 2014, the plaintiffs sought summary judgment. According to a case summary at Lambda Legal, on July 29, the judge denied the state's request for a stay, but deferred a hearing on the motion for summary judgment for 90 days to give the state an opportunity to conduct discovery.

Margo Schlanger - 07/29/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Sexual orientatation
General
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Marriage
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) State of Wyoming
Plaintiff Description Same-sex couples who live in Wyoming
Indexed Lawyer Organizations National Center for Lesbian Rights
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Limited Partnership
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By: Thomas G. Miller
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 03/05/2014
PB-WY-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment 07/01/2014
PB-WY-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Jahanian, Arash (Colorado)
PB-WY-0001-0002
Lyman, L. James (Colorado)
PB-WY-0001-0001 | PB-WY-0001-0002
Minter, Shannon (California)
PB-WY-0001-0001
Mohamedbhai, Qusair (Colorado)
PB-WY-0001-0001 | PB-WY-0001-0002
Rathod, Siddhartha (Colorado)
PB-WY-0001-0001
Ross, Katherine (Colorado)
PB-WY-0001-0001
Stoever, Thomas W. Jr. (Colorado)
PB-WY-0001-0001 | PB-WY-0001-0002
Stoll, Christopher Francis (California)
PB-WY-0001-0001
Zubrod, Tracy L. (Wyoming)
PB-WY-0001-0001 | PB-WY-0001-0002
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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