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WYOMING: GOP Gov. Matt Mead Says State Should Not Appeal Marriage Ruling

Via the Casper Star-Tribune:
Republican Gov. Matt Mead said the state shouldn't appeal the same-sex marriage ruling due from U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl. Mead spoke on the issue Thursday night during a Wyoming PBS debate in Riverton. Mead is seeking re-election Nov. 4. "The answer is no, we shouldn't appeal the ruling," he said. Skavdah, based in the federal court in Casper, will order on the question of whether Wyoming's same sex marriage law violates the U.S. Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment by 5 p.m. Monday, he said during a Thursday morning hearing in his court.
OK, fabulous! But here's something really interesting that I've just noticed. The attorney general of Wyoming is appointed by the governor. Except in the case of current Attorney General Peter K. Micheal, who was appointed mid-term in 2013 by his predecessor, Gregory A. Phillips, who was leaving to take another job. And what job does Phillips hold today? Why, he's an Obama-nominated judge with the Tenth Circuit Court. Yeah, I'm guessing we definitely get an updated map on Monday night.

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