Gay Couple Drops Lawsuit Challenging Wyoming’s Marriage Law

A gay couple from Cheyenne, Wyoming has dropped a lawsuit challenging the state's marriage law, the Casper Tribune reports:

Shupe-roderick "Plaintiffs David Shupe-Roderick (pictured), 25, and Ryan W. Dupree, 21, withdrew the lawsuit in federal court on Friday. The lawsuit, filed Aug. 13, alleged that Wyoming’s law defining marriage as being a contract solely 'between a male and a female person' was unconstitutional. However, the lawsuit came under fire from some gay-rights activists who worried about its legal arguments and Shupe-Roderick’s history of litigation and criminal activities. Shupe-Roderick did not return a phone call seeking comment Wednesday."

The couple claimed that the Laramie County Clerk's Office refused to give them a marriage license, though that office has nor record of any such request.

Shupe-Roderick also had a criminal and litigious history:

"Shupe-Roderick had also served four years in the Wyoming State Penitentiary after he, his brother and their two girlfriends left Cheyenne in a rental car in January 2004. They were eventually caught with the car in Arkansas. He’s being prosecuted for allegedly stating falsely on his application for a notary public license that he wasn’t a convicted felon. Besides the gay marriage case, Shupe-Roderick has filed five other lawsuits in the past three years. A sixth case is pending in federal court in which Shupe-Roderick is suing “Wyoming Child Support Services” — an apparent reference to the Wyoming Department of Family Services — for allegedly intercepting a $643 federal tax refund to pay child support to his ex-wife."

The lawsuit also woke up "family" groups in the state, who say they are now planning to further entrench discrimination into Wyoming's constitution to define marriage "marriage as a union only between a man and a woman."


  1. A. Beaverhausen says

    Faux Homos Nuptuals a No Go

    “The lawsuit also woke up ‘family’ groups in the state” which was the goal of this phony suit all along. The court should investigate and impose sanctions as appropriate…but it won’t.

  2. Disgusted American says

    another state in America to avoid…I do not go to states with Anti-gay ammendments…so basically I barely go anywhere in this hateful bigoted country.

  3. Martin Murray says

    So I presume Gay Inc (Stonewall Democrats or HRC) will be taking up the case instead?

    hahaha – just joking. As if they’d do something as foolish as standing up for LGBT rights.

  4. A. Beaverhausen says

    @DR and Martin Murphy: Are you clueless or right-wing trolls? The liars weren’t interested in marriage, they were mentally-deficient patsies planted to stir-up the haters in Wyoming about marriage. They were probably promised a few bright shiny objects and an appearance on the Jerry Springer show as payment.

  5. Chris says

    I doubt they were liars. I think they were just naive, hubristic, and clueless.

    I haven’t seen a single thing to suggest “Gay Inc.” did anything to these guys. All the stuff on their background seems to have been dug up by LGBT bloggers and local reporters.

  6. Henry Holland says

    Yeah, just who we need pressing for marriage rights, a convicted felon, a liar and a serial lawsuit filer. It’s almost like the homophobes invented this guy…..