Alaska ban on same-sex marriage ruled unconstitutional

A supporter stands waits to congratulate gay couples as they receive their marriage licenses at the Oklahoma County courthouse in Oklahoma CityBy Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge on Sunday ruled that the state of Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Judge Timothy Burgess of the U.S. District Court for Alaska made the ruling after hearing oral arguments on Friday challenging the state’s 16-year-old ban, saying it added to discrimination already faced by gay and lesbian people every day. “Alaska’s denial of the benefits and dignity of marriage for them only perpetuates this discrimination without legitimate grounds,” Burgess wrote. …

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