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U.S. Supreme Court allows same-sex marriages to go forward in Alaska

| Friday, October 17, 2014
Vincent Huang
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday denied the state of Alaska's request to put a stop to gay marriages pending an appeal. Justice Anthony Kennedy denied the request in a written order Friday morning. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess on Sunday ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

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9th Circuit grants temporary stay of Alaska same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, October 15, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- The federal appeals court for the West on Wednesday issued a temporary halt to gay marriages in Alaska, just hours before most couples would be allowed to tie the knot. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco granted a temporary halt until late Friday morning to allow the state to take its case...

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Alaska asks federal appeals court to delay same-sex marriages

| Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The state of Alaska is asking a federal appeals court for a stay after a judge ruled the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. The state seeks the stay from the 9th Circuit Court while it appeals the lower court's opinion.

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Alaska asks federal judge to stay same-sex marriage decision

| Monday, October 13, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The state of Alaska has asked a federal judge to stay his decision allowing same-sex marriages to go forward. The state on Monday filed its notice that it will appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. It also asked U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess to stay his opinion released Sunday, in which he found Alaska's...

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Alaska same-sex couples begin applying for marriage licenses

| Monday, October 13, 2014
Matthew Hamby, left, and Christopher Shelden are one of five gay couples who sued the state of Alaska to overturn its ban on same-sex marriage.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A number of same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses in Alaska on Monday after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex unions. Matthew Hamby and Christopher Shelden, lead plaintiffs in the case against the state, were among the applicants.

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Federal judge strikes down Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban

| Sunday, October 12, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A federal judge has struck down Alaska's first-in-the-nation ban on same-sex marriages. U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess on Sunday said the ban violates the U.S. constitutional guarantee of due process and equal protection.

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Federal judge considers fate of Alaska same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, October 10, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A federal judge in Alaska said Friday he will consider a case seeking to overturn the nation's first gay marriage ban. Five gay couples sued the state of Alaska to overturn a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1998 that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. They say it violates their...

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Battle over same-sex marriage goes before a federal court in Alaska

| Friday, October 10, 2014
Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The first same-sex marriage ban that was passed in the U.S. will be tested before a judge in Alaska on Friday, the culmination of a week when a federal appeals court struck down similar bans in two states and the U.S. Supreme Court refused to weigh in on the issue.

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ACLU: Alaska should stop defending same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The head of the American Civil Liberties Union in Alaska says the state should stop defending its same-sex marriage ban after a federal appeals court ruled gay marriage is legal in Idaho and Nevada. Tuesday's decision was issued by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction in Alaska and other states ...

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Attorneys in Alaska gay marriage challenge: Right to marry is fundamental

| Sunday, October 5, 2014
Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska -- Attorneys for the gay couples challenging Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage say the right to marry is fundamental and due to all individuals. They take issue with the state saying the U.S. Supreme Court has never held that there is a fundamental constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The plaintiffs’ attorneys, in a court filing Friday...

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