Alaska

STATUS:

Marriage

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

On October 12, a federal judge in Alaska ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, paving the way for same-sex couples to get married in Alaska.

On October 7, the United States Court of Appeals in the 9th Circuit ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in cases from Nevada and Idaho. Because Alaska is in the 9th Circuit and this ruling is binding throughout the circuit, the path is paved for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Alaska.

In May 2014, private counsel filed a federal lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry in Alaska and respect for marriages legally performed elsewhere. Read more about marriage litigation in Alaska.

State advocacy groups continue to work toward repealing marriage discrimination and winning the freedom to marry for the citizens of Alaska.

HISTORY:

In a November 1998 voter referendum, anti-gay forces pushed through a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage. 

In 2007, a resolution was introduced in the state legislature to prohibit any form of family status for same-sex couples, including civil union and domestic partnership. Although the legislature rejected the resolution in 2007, gay and lesbian advocates must now continue to fight off the anti-relationship recognition resolution, which could be brought up again. 

GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:

POLLING DATA:

A majority of Alaskans (67%) support either marriage or civil union for same-sex couples. (Public Policy Polling, February 2013) 

NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:

According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 1,228 same-sex couples are living in Alaska, representing 4.8 same-sex couples per 1,000 households. 

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Victory! The freedom to marry comes to Alaska

Yesterday, October 12, a United States District Court Judge in the 9th Circuit in Alaska ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, striking down the state's ban on marriage between same-sex couples.

5 Same-sex couples file new federal marriage lawsuit in Alaska

On May 12, 2014, private lawyers filed a federal lawsuit in Alaska, Hamby v. Parnell, on behalf of five same-sex couples either seeking the freedom to marry in the state and respect for marriages legally performed in other states.

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Resources Related to Alaska

Alaska Census Snapshot

Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Alaska.

Geographic Trends Among Same-Sex Couples in the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey

Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".

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