Alaska officials ask U.S. Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriage ruling


The state of Alaska is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay of a District Court’s ruling earlier this week striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco granted a temporary halt to same-sex marriages until late Friday morning to allow the state to take its case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The appeals court said barring a stay from the nation’s highest court, gay marriages would resume in Alaska at 11 a.m. Friday (AKDT).

In their filing Thursday, Alaska officials ask the Supreme Court to issue the stay while it appeals the ruling, issued Sunday by U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess in Anchorage.

The state noted in its filing that it intends to seek “en banc” review from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, essentially skipping the normal three-judge panel and asking for 11 judges to consider the case.

The filing is here.

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