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Alaska AG signs court brief supporting Nevada’s gay marriage ban

Alaska state Attorney General Michael Geraghty has signed on to a brief in support of Nevada’s voter approved, gay marriage ban, which is being challenged by eight same sex couples. The amicus brief, in support of Nevada’s attorney general, was filed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and argues that no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists.

“If public affirmation of anyone and everyone’s personal love and commitment is the single purpose of civil marriage, a limitless number of rights claims could be set up that evacuate the term ‘marriage’ of any meaning,” the brief says.

Attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and South Carolina also signed the document.

Alaska’s state Constitution defines marriage as an institution between one man and one woman. In total, thirty three states have banned same sex marriage either through constitutional amendment or through legislation.

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