Wyoming's highest court on Monday reversed a district court ruling, allowing lesbian couple Paula Christiansen and Victoria Lee Christiansen to obtain a divorce, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

The women married in 2008 in nearby Canada, the first country in the Americas to legalize gay marriage three years earlier.

The women were denied a divorce last year by District Judge Keith Kautz. He dismissed the couple's divorce petition for lack of jurisdiction.

In their unanimous decision, the five-judge panel categorized the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples as common-law marriages for the limited purpose of divorce. The opinion, written by Justice Michael Golden, stressed that the court was not recognizing the right of gay couples to marry in the state.

“Nothing in this opinion should be take as applying to the recognition of same-sex marriages legally solemnized in a foreign jurisdiction in any context other than divorce,” Golden wrote.

“The question of recognition of such same-sex marriages for any other reason, being not properly before us, is left for another day,” he added.

Proponents of a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage objected to the ruling.

“Now the Wyoming Supreme Court did exactly what we predicted it would do starting in 2009 – define marriage in Wyoming,” said Becky Vanderberghe, president of WyWatch. (Related: Vanderberghe laments 2009 defeat of gay marriage ban bill.)