Peter Michael

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Advocates for gay marriage in Wyoming delivered more than 2,300 signed petitions to the Capitol Tuesday, urging Governor Matt Mead and Attorney General Peter Michael to stop defending the state’s gay marriage ban in court.

The state of Wyoming is asking the Wyoming Supreme Court to consider a rehearing over its ruling concerning State Superintendent Cindy Hill. 

The Court ruled three to two this week that taking away her power to run the State Department of Education was unconstitutional.  Wyoming Attorney General Peter Michael asked for the re-hearing Thursday. 

He said in a quote “After reviewing the opinion, the concurrence, and the dissent, I believe additional consideration is merited,” unquote. 

If a rehearing is granted the Supreme Court could stay its ruling.

Gov. Matt Mead has named Peter Michael to serve as interim Wyoming Attorney General.

Michael replaces former AG Greg Phillips, who was sworn in on Monday as a judge on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Michael had served as deputy attorney general for Phillips.

Mead says Michael is an excellent attorney. Mead says he's confident Michael will lead the Attorney General's Office in a steady and capable manner until he can find a permanent replacement for Phillips.