Wyoming becomes latest to legalize gay marriage

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The first married couple in Richmond, Va., on Monday, October 6, 2014.
Supreme Court rejects states' appeals, lets gay marriage expand to 30 states http://t.co/vbWT6GAMvJ http://t.co/N2d2cJgF0N
Lots of celebrating at the courthouse in Richmond. We've seen one wedding happen and heard of plans for many others! http://t.co/77qX2TqgFp
Pics of the first gay couple to marry in Richmond. Getting their marriage license at 1pm - the minute it was legal http://t.co/8gfVz76vLC
Supreme Court allows gay marriage to expand to 30 states in an unexpected decision today: http://t.co/ZCqAr1oiXO http://t.co/28OGkbGuHW
Gay marriage will now be legal in a majority of U.S. states. http://t.co/Ok7l7ZFXb8 http://t.co/NzBTXfeI8J
Mazel tov to Craig Bowen and Jake Miller, the first gay couple married in Indianapolis today. [via @indystar] http://t.co/VVbsTDlJCz
Trib's photo of the day. Photog Trent Nelson captures the first gay couple married in #Utah. http://t.co/giy9MMXoLQ http://t.co/QA16FMSUI2
LOVE IS LOVE. #equality #gaymarriage #oklahoma
Hey y'all! Virginians can now get gay married!!! Heading over to the chapel right now with my "boyfriend" @layres. I was finally able to get a picture with him smiling :)
CAN'T FOCUS AT WORK. WE IS SO EXCITED THAT WE CAN NOW MARRY IN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA. TOO REAL
Jennifer Melsop and Erika Turner outside the Arlington courthouse. Jennifer and Erika were the first same Alex couple to get a marriage license in Arlington,VA, and married shortly thereafter in front of a throng of journalists. They learned of the Supreme Court ruling that allowed same sex couples in Virginia to marry via a post on the human rights campaign facebook page. The couple had a ceremony planned for a year from today in DC, but acted fast to be able to get. Virginia marriage license. #onassignment #samesexmarriage #gaymarriage #virginia #scotus
#Pueblo issues gay marriage license, but El Paso County not quite ready http://t.co/g4kDurXZrq http://t.co/cOpAgT4hyn
Mary Bishop signs her marriage license. Couple plan to marry this afternoon. http://t.co/I9JIwhh7XD
Alan Combs, who was denied a marriage license in August, just married his partner of 32 years. #INgaymarriage http://t.co/dcXdkxKqXo
Tony London and Tim Bostic are heading in to get their marriage license http://t.co/tXo0zdpB4b
Second gay couple to get marriage license in Richmond. "We didn't even change clothes" says guy in flip-flops http://t.co/LIwt6EZ19g
New marriage license in Arlington. Now says "spouse & spouse" not "bride & groom". http://t.co/SKNhRYoSep
Hobart residents Michelle Davies & Tonya Richards officially have a marriage license from Lake Co. @nwi #nwindiana http://t.co/egQnQnGOsi
Surprise! They got married today! http://t.co/78zeArItlq
It's official! They have their marriage license! http://t.co/SPf4RWmBWP
VB deputy clerk Shanette wanted to be the one to give the couple their license http://t.co/OFGf9jctTC
Another couple here to get their marriage license. First female couple in VB http://t.co/mJURFNOJ1W
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This was the first same-sex couple in line to apply for a marriage license following the Supreme Court’s rejection to hear Indiana’s appeal on gay marriage. What does this mean? #samesexmarriage is now legal in Indiana & the state must recognize gay marriages conducted in other states.
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming has become the latest state to allow same-sex unions, bringing the wave of gay rights to a state where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard continues to influence national perceptions.

The gay college student was robbed, beaten and left tied to a fence in freezing weather. He died Oct. 12, days after the attack, in a slaying that galvanized a national push for gay rights and tough penalties for hate crimes.

On Tuesday, however, gay couples began to apply for marriage licenses shortly after the state began to recognize same-sex unions, albeit far more quietly than in other states that have recently seen bans struck down.

Hundreds of gay couples in Idaho and Nevada flooded clerk's offices and courthouses and married immediately afterward in front of cheering crowds.

In Wyoming's largest city, Cheyenne, two couples were licensed as the change went into effect. About 175 miles north, in Casper, Dirk Andrews and Travis Gray were the first of three couples licensed after the state formally dropped its defense of a law defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

"It's surreal," Andrews said. "We can't believe it's happening."

Andrews and Gray have been together 10 years and considered going out of state to be married, but held off hoping gay marriage would come to Wyoming.

"Neighbors and friends have been great," said Andrews, a kindergarten teacher. "Co-workers, for the most part, if they don't agree, they just don't talk about it, but they haven't been mean or negative about it."

Gay rights' advocated planned to celebrate Tuesday evening in Cheyenne at a rally featuring a gay marriage.

Wyoming has now joined several other politically conservative states in allowing gay marriage after a series of recent court rulings have struck down state bans as unconstitutional.

More than 30 states now recognize same-sex unions, many - including Alaska and Arizona - coming in changes triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court decision Oct. 6 that refused to hear appeals from states that wanted to defend gay marriage bans.

Gay rights supporters have said bans on same-sex unions are violations of 14th Amendment protections that guarantee equal protection under the law and due process. Opponents have said the issue should be decided by states and voters, not courts.

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