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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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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
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
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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
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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Ten attorneys general file brief supporting Nev. same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, February 3, 2014
Nevada
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and top law officers from nine other states are fighting a lawsuit challenging Nevada's same-sex marriage ban, arguing no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists.

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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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