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Mon September 27, 2010
Wyoming Says Same-Sex Marriage Not A Fundamental Right
By Molly Messick
LARAMIE, wyo – Wyoming is one of thirteen states that have signed onto a legal brief declaring that same-sex marriage is not a fundamental right. This comes in the wake of a federal judge's ruling that California's same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Wyoming Attorney General Bruce Salzburg could have chosen not to sign onto the brief but he says it is his responsibility to defend the constitutionality of state law.
"Our obligation is to defend the statutes that the legislature enacts. And because we have a statute which could be impacted, that's why we signed on."
Wyoming law defines marriage as a civil contract between a man and a woman. The Wyoming legislature has so far declined to amend the state constitution to include similar language. Salzburg says he did not consult with Governor Freudenthal about the decision to sign onto the amicus brief.