Pre-filed legislation for the current session of the Alaska Legislature aims at repealing the state’s constitutional understanding of marriage, which is now defined as the union between “one man and one woman.”
While Alaska’s constitutional definition of marriage was struck down by a federal judge last year, the state has appealed the decision as it awaits a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court (in a separate case) on the constitutionality of any state being able to limit the legal definition of marriage to “one man and one woman.”
House Joint Resolution 1, introduced by Democrats Rep. Andy Josephson, of Anchorage, and Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, of Sitka, aims to remove Alaska’s constitutional definition of marriage altogether, thereby opening the way for homosexual marriage regardless of how the U.S Supreme Court rules.
The new session for the Alaska Legislature began Jan. 20 and runs until April 19. This legislation and other bills can be tracked in the Alaska Legislature’s current session at legis.state.ak.us.
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