CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP) — SAME-SEX MARRIAGE COULD BECOME LEGAL IN WYOMING BY YEAR'S END AFTER THE U.S. SUPREME COURT TURNED AWAY APPEALS FROM FIVE STATES SEEKING TO PROHIBIT SAME-SEX MARRIAGES.

THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES' DECISION MONDAY TO REJECT APPEALS FROM INDIANA, OKLAHOMA, UTAH, VIRGINIA AND WISCONSIN IMMEDIATELY ENDS DELAYS ON MARRIAGE IN THOSE STATES. THE DECISION OPENS THE DOOR FOR GAY MARRIAGE SOON IN WYOMING AND FIVE OTHER STATES.

THREE WYOMING SAME-SEX COUPLES ARE SUING THE STATE FOR THE RIGHT TO MARRY. LARAMIE COUNTY DISTRICT COURT JUDGE THOMAS CAMPBELL HAS SCHEDULED A DEC. 15 HEARING ON THEIR REQUEST.

JERAN ARTERY WITH THE GAY-RIGHTS GROUP WYOMING EQUALITY SAYS HE'S THRILLED WITH THE SUPREME COURT ACTION. GOV. MATT MEAD SAYS WYOMING WILL CONTINUE TO DEFEND THE STATE'S DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE AS BETWEEN A MAN AND WOMAN.