STATUS: Anti-marriage constitutional amendment
TAKE ACTION: 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:
- Alaskans Together is an educational and political non-profit working to advance civil equality for all Alaskans through public education.
- The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska works to defend liberty throughout Alaska.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
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.
Blog Posts Related to Alaska
In the past week, nine U.S. Senators have announced their support for the freedom to marry, explaining how their views have evolved and how they have come to understand that now is the time to stand on the Right Side of History.
In keeping with Cameron Tolle's October 20th blog post here at Freedom to Marry noting that "marriage equality IS on the ballot this year", Republican Senate nominee Joe Miller of Alaska said Tuesday he would vote for a constitutional amendment banning the freedom to marry.
Resources Related to Alaska
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Alaska.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".