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Alaskan Judge Challenges Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Peter Michalski ruled not to dismiss a case that challenges Alaska’s ban of same-sex marriages. Michalski said that “choosing a partner is a fundamental right,” and that the state must show why it should be able to regulate marriage.

State attorneys had asked Michalski to dismiss a case brought by Jay Brause and Gene Dugan of Anchorage, Alaska. The couple, together for twenty years, challenged that 1996 state ban and sought recognition of their relationship. Brause and Dugan said that the ban was a violation of the state constitution.

Alaska state Senator Loren Leman, sponsor of the 1996 marriage ban, believes that a constitutional marriage ban is in order.

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Washington Post - March 1, 1998