John M. Becker

BREAKING: Alaska's Marriage Ban Struck Down

Filed By John M. Becker | October 12, 2014 7:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Alaska, gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, Sarah Palin

alaska-map.jpgA George W. Bush-appointed federal judge has struck down Alaska's marriage discrimination amendment as unconstitutional. Alaska voters added the measure to the state's constitution in 1998. NBC News reports:

A federal judge has struck down Alaska's first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess on Sunday said the ban violates the U.S. constitutional guarantee of due process and equal protection.

The state could appeal to the 9th Circuit Court, where chances of it winning were slim since the federal appeals court already has ruled against Idaho and Nevada, which made similar arguments.

The ruling in this case, which was filed in May, makes Alaska the 30th marriage equality state. Judge Burgess did not stay his ruling, meaning that same-sex couples should be able to obtain marriage licenses as soon as clerks' offices reopen.

Looks like Sarah Palin can see same-sex marriage from her house now!

A copy of the order is after the break, via Equality Case Files.

3:14-cv-00089 #38 by Equality Case Files


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