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Although the US Supreme Court has held that the federal government cannot discriminate against gay and lesbian couples legally married and living in a state that recognizes that marriage, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) couples living in Alaska are not legally recognized as spouses even if they were married in a marriage equality state or country.
Here is a run-down on Alaska law affecting the LGBTQ community:
1 Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Alaska does not permit the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The state forbids, both by statute and in its constitution, the recognition of same-sex marriages and other form of same-sex partnership solemnized in other jurisdictions. The constitutional amendment defining marriage was approved in a voter referendum in November 1998. State of Alaska employees, however, are granted some limited benefits to their same-sex partners. Many cities in Alaska also recognize domestic partnerships.
2 Adoption Law: Alaska permits adoption by an unmarried adult without regard to sexual orientation. Lower state courts have allowed some second parent adoptions by gay and lesbian couples, though state court has ruled in a case where such an adoption is disputed.
3 Anti-Discrimination Law: An executive order prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in state employment since 2002. There is no provision for gender identity in any law. State law does not address hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
4 Sodomy Law: The Alaska sodomy law was repealed in 1980.
5Public Opinion: A February 2013 Public Policy Polling survey found that 43% of Alaska voters supported same-sex marriage, while 51% were opposed to the idea. 6% were not sure. A July 2013 Public Policy Polling survey found that 45% of Alaska voters supported same-sex marriage, while 48% were opposed to the idea. 6% were not sure.
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