Alaska asks court to delay gay marriage appeal until Supreme Court ruling


JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards is asking a federal appeals court to not do anything with the state’s appeal of a gay marriage ruling until the nation’s high court weighs in.

Alaska-signA department spokeswoman Friday said this won’t change the status of same-sex marriage; Alaska will continue to allow and recognize marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

The high court announced Friday that it will take up four same-sex marriage cases and decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry.

In October, a federal judge in Alaska struck down this state’s same-sex marriage ban. The state has appealed to the 9th Circuit Court.

In a statement, Richards said the U.S. Supreme Court‘s order makes clear the justices will address the same issues that are at the heart of the Alaska case.

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