Alaska: Supreme Court Equal Marriage Victory – State Stay Denied

Liberty Enthroned by Robert Aitken (Sculptor) Photo: Daderot

Liberty Enthroned by Robert Aitken (Sculptor)
Photo: Daderot

“(ORDER LIST: 574 U.S.)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014
ORDER IN PENDING CASE
14A413 PARNELL, GOV. OF AK, ET AL. V. HAMBY, MATTHEW, ET AL.
The application for stay presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is denied”.

These few lines from the US Supreme Court have put an end to unequal marriage in the state of Alaska.  From now on, LGBT people living in that state can obtain marriages licences, and within approximately three days of obtaining the licence, can be legally married.

The above decision in Parnell v Hanby et al. has ended discrimination against same-sex couples, overturning an LGBT marriage ban which was enacted in 1998, called Ballot Measure 2, which changed the previously gender non-specific marriage legislation, to incorporate the lines:

To be valid or recognized in this State, a marriage may exist only between one man and one woman.

On Friday last, 17th October, the Supreme Court denied the stay requested by the Governor of Alaska, to stop same-sex marriages going ahead after Judge Timothy Burgess’ ruling that the marriage ban was unconstitutional.

According to the Human Rights Campaign’ legal director, Sarah Walbelow:

“Requesting a stay in Alaska was nothing more than a petty, last-ditch effort to stop equality. Continued delay would have only prolonged harm to Americans who simply want to protect and provide for their families. Court after court has affirmed that the U.S. Constitution does not allow states to discriminate against committed and loving gay and lesbian couples, and this decline to extend the stay suggests the Supreme Court clearly agrees.”

MBK

 

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