Sunday, October 12, 2014

And Alaska Makes 30!

I was watching television tonight when I learned that Alaska's gay marriage ban got struck down -- effective immediately:
A federal judge ruled Sunday that Alaska’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, paving the way for gay couples to begin marrying in the state for the first time. “The court finds that Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage and refusal to recognize same sex marriages lawfully entered in other states is unconstitutional as a deprivation of basic due process and equal protection principles under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,”  U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess wrote in a order in the case Hamby v. Parnell, released Sunday.
This makes Alaska the 30th marriage equality state. That said, if I lived in Juneau, AK, with my male partner, I wouldn't be rushing to my local courthouse to get married. I would give it at least a couple weeks for the dust to settle and make sure that everything is good, if you know what I mean.

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