Target: U.S. District Judge for Wyoming Scott W. Skavdahl
Goal: Praise Judge Skavdahl for finding Wyoming’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional
Countless couples are lined up at courts across Wyoming as the state becomes latest to legalize same-sex unions. U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl struck down the state’s law banning gay marriage, calling it unconstitutional.
Since the historic 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard, which took place in the state, Wyoming was one of the first states to galvanize a national push for gay rights. This victory has brought the fight for equality in the state full circle since being shadowed by Shepard’s murder for nearly 16 years.
Also known as The Equality State, Wyoming’s stigma against LGBT people has shifted dramatically in recent years, with almost 41% of the state in support of same-sex marriage, compared to an abysmal 26% in 2004. It is also the 32nd state to legalize gay marriage, joining several other conservative states. This historic move will now allow county clerks to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. It also means that the state will recognize same-sex unions legally performed outside of Wyoming.
Wyoming’s incredible victory can also be attributed to a U.S. Supreme Court decision to decline hearing appeals from states that want to defend gay marriage bans and draconian state laws that define marriage as being between a man and a woman.
The state’s victory is proof that the fight for LGBT rights shows no sign of slowing down. Sign the petition to applaud U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl’s efforts.
Dear Judge Scott W. Skavdahl,
It has recently come to my attention that your ruling has made it possible for LGBT couples in Wyoming to marry. Because of your efforts, countless same-sex couples can breathe easier knowing that their families and significant others are protected under the same legal sanctions that safeguard their heterosexual counterparts.
The fight for LGBT rights has been long and arduous, but your empathy and support proves that someday every state will soon recognize gay marriage and respect America’s LGBT population.
Laws have changed throughout history to accommodate the endlessly shifting cultural landscape of this country. Its about time that the LGBT community be treated as a respectable part of America’s societal fabric. Thank you for supporting us!
[Your Name Here]
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