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As a gay couple together since 1992, we believe that marriage and all the responsibilities and benefits that come with it should be available to committed gay and lesbian couples everywhere. So we created Purple Unions, a place where gay and lesbian couples can find gay friendly wedding vendors to help them plan their perfect wedding day.

Alaska was one of the states in the ninth district that was affected when the Circuit Court struck down bans in Idaho and Nevada on 10/7/14. Five days later, a Federal Judge struck down the state's ban, bringing marriage equality to Alaska. The state also allows adoption by gay and lesbian couples.

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Gay Marriage Laws in Alaska

Relationship Recognition: Full Marriage Equality
Out of State Recognition: Yes
Adoption: Yes

If we know about any local marriage equality events, we'll list them here.

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Gay Marriage News in Alaska

Marriage Equality Back on in Alaska

Oct 17th, 2014

Just hours after marriage equality arrived in Arizona, it came back to Alaska after a few days on hold. The Washington Blade reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Friday to delay any longer same-sex marriages in Alaska following a court decision against the state's ban on gay nuptials. In a one-page order, the court indicates a stay request by... read_more

Alaska Marriage Equality Back on Hold

Oct 16th, 2014

The Ninth Circuit has put weddings in Alaska on hold once again until Friday as the Governor tries a hail-mary pass to the US Supreme Court. The Washington Blade reports:

As the initial same-sex marriages took place in Alaska days after a district court ruling against the state's ban on gay nuptials, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued... read_more

Victory in Alaska - The 30th Marriage Equality State

Oct 12th, 2014

We're at 30 - a federal judge in Alaska just struck down the ban there. The Washington Blade reports:

A federal judge struck down on Sunday Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage, building on the momentum for gay nuptials that followed the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal last week to hear court decisions on the issue. U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess, an... read_more

USA, Alaska: And Then There Were Two

May 13th, 2014

A new marriage equality lawsuit has been filed in Alaska. On Top Magazine reports:

Five gay and lesbian couples on Monday filed a federal lawsuit challenging Alaska's ban on gay marriage. Plaintiffs in the case are an unmarried couple and four couples who married in a state where such unions are legal. Plaintiff couples argue that Alaska's 1998 voter-approved constitutional... read_more

USA, Alaska: Supreme Court Affirms Property Tax Rights for Same Sex Couples

Apr 26th, 2014

It ain't marriage equality, but it's a step in that direction... Edge Boston reports:

Same-sex couples in Alaska are equally entitled to the same state property-tax exemptions for senior citizens and disabled veterans as married couples, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. The decision upholds a 2011 Superior Court ruling on a taxation case involving three same-sex Anchorage couples who... read_more

USA: 30 States Have Marriage Equality Lawsuits; 5 Left to Go

Apr 10th, 2014

Only five states that haven't legalized marriage equality aren't yet facing a marriage equality lawsuit - and two may be facing one soon. The Washington Post reports:

Gay marriage is now legal in 17 states and bans are being challenged in 30, according to the latest count from Lambda Legal, a pro-gay marriage organization. (Hawaii and Illinois allow gay marriage,... read_more

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