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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 defends same-sex marriage ban in federal court filing

| Friday, September 26, 2014
Chris Shelden (left) and Matt Hamby are plaintiffs in the federal challenge to Alaska's same-sex marriage ban.
JUNEAU, Alaska -- The state of Alaska says citizens, not the courts, should decide whether the definition of marriage includes same-sex couples. The state is defending its ban on gay marriage in a filing in federal court. Five same-sex couples sued earlier this year to overturn the ban, which was approved by voters in 1998.

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Marriage News Watch: Virginia win impacts neighbor states

| Monday, August 4, 2014
Marriage equality supporters and opponents gather outside the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps the Fourth Circuit decision that upheld a ruling that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, and the immediate fallout in several nearby states under that Circuit Court's jurisdiction.

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

| Friday, July 25, 2014
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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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Arguments set in challenge to Alaska same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Vincent Huang
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Arguments are scheduled for October in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage. Five same-sex couples, four married outside of Alaska and one unmarried couple, sued to overturn the ban in May. Alaska voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1998 defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

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

| Thursday, June 19, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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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