Alaska officially drops appeal in challenge to same-sex marriage ban

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess  found the gay-marriage ban violated the equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess found the gay-marriage ban violated the equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed the appeal of a court case that struck down Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports that the appeals court Wednesday accepted a joint notice to dismiss the appeal filed by the state and attorney Allison Mendel, who represented the couples who filed suit against the Alaska.

A federal judge in October ruled Alaska’s ban violated the U.S. constitution.

After the appeals court lifted a temporary stay and the U.S. Supreme Court denied a review of the case, the state had asked federal appeals court panel for a review.

That appeal was suspended in January when the Supreme Court agreed to hear a series of marriage equality cases. The high court ruled Friday to legalize same-sex marriage across the county.

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