Federal judge strikes down Alaska's same-sex marriage ban

A federal judge in Alaska late Sunday ruled that the state’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess ruled that the ban violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment.

Burgess ordered state officials to stop enforcing the ban and refusing to recognize same-sex marriage entered in other states.

Burgess heard oral arguments last Friday in case, which was brought by five same-sex couples living in the state. Four couples were married in other states, one couple wanted to get married in Alaska.

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