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Alaska is the 49th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on January 3, 1959. Its largest city is Anchorage, and its capital city is Juneau.

LGBT Rights in Alaska: A constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman was approved by 68% of Alaska voters in November 1998. An executive order prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in state employment since 2002. There is no provision for gender identity in any law. State law does not address hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

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

Saturday, January 17, 2015
A spokeswoman for Attorney General Craig Richards said the request won't change the status of same-sex marriage; Alaska will continue to allow and recognize marriages of gay and lesbian couples. [...]

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Alaska lawmakers to reintroduce bills prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Two Alaska state representatives plan to reintroduce separate bills that would make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [...]

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Alaska same-sex couple finds anti-gay signs on their car, vandalism to home

Saturday, December 6, 2014
This sign was discovered by a same-sex couple outside of their home in Anchorage.
A gay couple in Anchorage says their home was targeted with acts of vandalism including a soup-like substance on their mailbox and obscene signs left on their car. [...]

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New Alaska attorney general to review same-sex marriage appeal

Thursday, December 4, 2014
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Craig Richards, Alaska's new attorney general, says he will review litigation over same-sex marriage in the state strictly along constitutional lines. Richards, 39, is the former law partner of Gov. Bill Walker, who defeated Parnell and took office Monday. [...]

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Ninth Circuit rejects Alaska’s appeal for 11-judge review of gay marriage ruling

Friday, November 21, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The state of Alaska has lost another attempt to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage, and Gov.-elect Bill Walker has changed his stance on the issue. [...]

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Alaska has spent over $100K defending same-sex marriage lawsuit

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The state of Alaska has spent more than $103,000 to defend a lawsuit that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Holder: U.S. to recognize same-sex marriages in six new states

Saturday, October 25, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states, extending federal benefits to those couples. Attorney General Eric Holder says the states are: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. [...]

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Alaska asks 11-judge panel to review same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, October 23, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The state of Alaska is seeking to have an 11-judge panel of the federal appeals court for the West review a lower court's ruling that struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban. The state on Wednesday filed its case with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals [...]

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Alaska resumes issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Monday, October 20, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Same-sex couples can start getting married in Alaska on Monday. Phillip Mitchell, with the state Department of Vital Statistics, said couples who completed applications last week before the courts issued a stay can start picking up their licenses Monday morning. [...]

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The week in review: The latest developments in marriage equality…

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Kevin Patterson, left, and David Larance, plaintiffs in one of two challenges to Arizona's same-sex marriage ban, kiss after exchanging vows, as Rev. John Dorhaer, who performed the ceremony, stands at right, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Phoenix. Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state's conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn't challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state.
Same-sex couples won the right to wed in Alaska and Arizona on Friday, after separate court decisions ended bans in those states. And a third ruling in Wyoming means marriages there could begin within a week. The rulings bookend two weeks of legal wrangling, triggered by a U.S. Supreme Court [...]

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