Alaska signs brief supporting same-sex marriage bans

Rainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall in 2013 after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. Noah Berger/AP
Rainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall in 2013 after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.
Noah Berger/AP

Alaska’s Attorney General Craig Richards has signed on to an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court that says same-sex marriage bans should be upheld. Fifteen states, including eight that currently allow same-sex marriages, signed the brief. It says allowing the federal government to force all states to recognize same-sex marriages would demean the democratic process and cause “incalculable damage to our civic life.”

The attorney general’s office issued a statement saying they signed the brief because “the Attorney General has a duty to defend Alaska’s Constitution.” The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the case in late April and make a final ruling on the issue later this year.

Same-sex marriage was legalized in Alaska in October when a federal court judge overturned the ban. He cited previous decisions by the 9th Circuit Court.

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