Another One Bites the Dust: Alaska

Last week began with the Supreme Court denying cert in all of the pending marriage cases, adding 11 states to the list of those with marriage equality. Then the courts struck down such laws in Nevada and Idaho. And on Sunday, a federal judge struck down the ban on same-sex marriage in Alaska as well.

U.S. federal judge on Sunday ruled that the state of Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Judge Timothy Burgess of the U.S. District Court for Alaska made the ruling after hearing oral arguments on Friday challenging the state’s 16-year-old ban, saying it added to discrimination already faced by gay and lesbian people every day.

“Alaska’s denial of the benefits and dignity of marriage for them only perpetuates this discrimination without legitimate grounds,” Burgess wrote.

He also barred Alaska from refusing to acknowledge lawful same-sex marriages conducted in other states.

You know what that means. Sarah Palin’s marriage will immediately lose its sanctity, as will all other heterosexual marriages. And that will increase the number of children born out of wedlock, right Bristol? Of course, if Palin wants to find a place that still loves discriminating against gay people, she can hop right over to Russia from her porch. They’d love her in Russia.

"Sorry, but attending a gala honoring someone is something you either voluntarily attend or not. ..."

How to Think Critically About the ..."
"Wow... this is rich... Aussies have more than just Kenny Ham to get entertained by.As ..."

Swanson: God Will Punish Australia for ..."
"True critical and rational thought would acknowledge that false accusations are extremely rare, but that ..."

How to Think Critically About the ..."
"To clarify... I meant groping a grown woman vs. “dating”, i.e. “molesting” a 14 year ..."

How to Think Critically About the ..."

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • Childermass

    To rip-off fark.com…

    You can’t see Russia from Sarah Palin’s porch, but you can see fabulous.

  • John Pieret

    This decision in Alaska is a result of the 9th Circuit’s decision last week striking down bans in in Nevada and Idaho. Alaska is in the 9th Circuit as well. Bans in Arizona and Montana, also in the 9th, are next.

  • Mike Morris

    According to police reports widely circulated last week, the Palin clan are a bunch of drunken, entitled buffoons. If marriage equality annoys or outrages them, I am even happier.

  • Funny Diva

    Well, WA is off the hook, then! We already voted in FAVOR of marriage equality.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    He also barred Alaska from refusing to acknowledge lawful same-sex marriages conducted in other states.

    DOMA Section 2?

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    I hope Sarah Palin can see some happy gay weddings from her porch.

  • whheydt

    Alaska, it turns out, has a three day waiting period. So, while licenses were being issued Monday morning, SSMs will actually start taking place on Thursday.

    Meanwhile, the Governor said he was going to appeal. However, in light of the 9th Circuit and SCOTUS actions with regard to Idaho, it’s very hard to see that any appeal will get much traction, nor is a stay while he appeals appear to be at all likely.

    I don’t think SCOTUS wants to touch this issue. About all that remains to see is what the 6th Circuit does (due any time now…can they take a hint?) and the 5th Circuit (are the hints enough or do they need to get hit with a clue-by-4?).

  • sugarfrosted

    @7 He in all likelihood knows this and is just apealling for political cover. I can’t see him being dumb enough to think it would work. (I couldn’t even see former governor Palin of being that dumb.)

  • http://thorgolucky.com/ ThorGoLucky

    Cabin cuddles, squee!

  • whheydt

    Re: sugarfrosted @ #8…

    I *hope* he’s not that dumb and it’s just to create cover. As for Palin, I wouldn’t put it past her to think it would work.

    On the other hand, there have been a number of Republican governors who have been able to figure out which way to the (judicial) wind is blowing and dropped appeals to get the process over with. Christie (NJ) and Ridge (PA) stand out as examples.

  • eric

    @7:

    Governor said he was going to appeal. However, in light of the 9th Circuit and SCOTUS actions with regard to Idaho, it’s very hard to see that any appeal will get much traction, nor is a stay while he appeals appear to be at all likely.

    I don’t think SCOTUS wants to touch this issue.

    I think you’re right. They may only touch it if one of the circuit courts approves a ban. However, I would give an appeal out of the 9th Circuit a slightly higher chance of being taken up by SCOTUS, because IIRC the 9th considers gays a ‘protected class’ and thus insisted the state bans pass a higher standard of review than the standard used by any of the other circuits.

  • cgilder

    I’d lay even money on the 5th supporting a ban. They’re not a group that’s likely to let facts, logic, or precedent get in the way of The Truth ™.