For Immediate Release: February 24th, 2014
Senator French Offers Legislation to Remove Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
JUNEAU – Today Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage) introduced a resolution that would eliminate the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Alaska.
“I believe that we as a nation have been engaged in, and are in the middle of, a long march towards marriage equality. The reason is that we all have, in the bottom of our souls, a deep belief in the four cardinal American virtues: freedom, justice, liberty, and equality,” stated Senator French.
If passed by the legislature, Senator French’s resolution would put the constitutional question before the Alaskan voters this fall.
“There are rapid changes happening in the legal landscape on this issue. Last year the US Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that the Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on same-sex marriages was invalid as to lawfully married same-sex couples. Since then a series of court decisions in Utah, Oklahoma, and Virginia have used the legal reasoning in Winsdor to invalidate state bans on same-sex marriage. The day is not far off when the US Supreme Court rules that state prohibitions on same-sex marriage are inconsistent with freedom, justice, liberty, and equality. Passage of this resolution will allow Alaskan voters to remove this blot on our state constitution through our own action,” said Senator French.
Senator French will speak to his resolution under Special Orders on the Senate floor today.
For more information contact Cindy Smith in Senator French’s office at (907) 465-3892.