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Alaska Supreme Court allows same-sex partners access to survivor benefits

| Friday, July 25, 2014
Justice
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled unanimously that the same-sex partner of a person killed on the job should have access to the protection of Alaska’s workers’ compensation law. The ruling came in Harris v. Millennium Hotel, a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal seeking survivor benefits for Deborah Harris, the same-sex partner of ...

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Alaska defends same-sex marriage ban as its ‘sovereign state’ right

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska -- The state of Alaska denies its laws on marriage curb the constitutional rights of five same-sex couples suing over its same-sex marriage ban. State attorneys say Alaska isn't required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and that, as a sovereign state, Alaska has the right to define and regulate marriage.

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Alaska AG says he plans to fight challenge to same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, June 9, 2014
Attorney General Michael Geraghty (R-Alaska)
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty plans to fight a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The Department of Law, in a statement, says the attorney general's office has a duty "to uphold and defend the Alaska Constitution, which it intends to do."

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Only one Alaska gubernatorial candidate supports marriage equality

| Saturday, May 17, 2014
Byron Mallott
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Only one of the main candidates for Alaska governor supports same-sex marriage. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott says he welcomes news of five gay couples suing to overturn Alaska's same-sex marriage ban.

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Alaska Supreme Court considers case of same-sex survivor benefits

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
courts
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Supreme Court is considering whether the partner of a woman killed in 2011 is entitled to survivor benefits from the woman's employer, given the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Five couples file lawsuit challenging Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, May 12, 2014
Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Five gay couples are challenging Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. A lawsuit on behalf of the couples was expected to be filed in federal court Monday.

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Alaska Supreme Court: State tax law discriminates against same-sex couples

| Friday, April 25, 2014
Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the state unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples by denying them equal access to a property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans.

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State senator proposes striking same-sex marriage ban in Alaska

| Monday, February 24, 2014
Hollis French
JUNEAU, Alaska — The minority leader of the Alaska Senate on Monday proposed to strike the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Alaska.

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Alaska personnel board includes same-sex partners as ‘immediate family’

| Thursday, September 19, 2013
Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska State Personnel Board has voted to include the same-sex partners of state employees in the definition of "immediate family" for purposes of leave.

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Alaska personnel board may recognize gay partners as ‘immediate family’

| Friday, August 23, 2013
Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska -- The Alaska State Personnel Board is considering including same-sex partners of state employees in the definition of "immediate family" for purposes of leave.

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