US: Federal judge to hear arguments in challenge to Alaska gay marriage ban
A federal judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit which challenges the US state of Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The lawsuit was brought by five couples, one who wished to marry in the state, and four already married out of state.
They argued that the 16-year-old constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage violated their process and equal protection.
The plaintiffs asked for a ruling in August as the lawsuit was filed in May.
A 1998 constitutional amendment defined marriage as specifically between one man and one woman.
There are no remaining states with a same-sex marriage ban which isn’t facing a legal challenge.