Senator proposes striking same-sex ban in Alaska

By Becky Bohrer

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Feb. 24 2014 12:10 p.m. MST

JUNEAU, Alaska — The minority leader of the Alaska Senate is proposing to strike the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Alaska.

Sen. Hollis French says the legalization of same-sex marriage across the country seems inevitable.

In a statement Monday, he said the day isn't far off when the U.S. Supreme Court will find state prohibitions on same-sex marriage are "inconsistent with freedom, justice, liberty and equality."

He said passage of his constitutional amendment will let Alaska voters remove what he called a "blot" on the state's constitution.

To pass, the proposal would need two-thirds vote in each the Alaska Senate and House before it could qualify for the ballot.

Alaska's attorney general has said he will defend the state's constitution, which defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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