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Alaska State Senator Introduces Marriage Ban Repeal

Big news out of Alaska as State Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage) indicated he will introduce a bill that, if passed, would put the question to the voters on whether to repeal the constitutional ban on marriage equality.

This action comes on the heels of a recent poll by Public Policy Polling that showed a huge shift in public opinion over just a year. In the past year, the poll found that opinion on same-sex marriage flipped, gaining 9 points showing that those who support marriage equality now outnumber those who oppose it.
 
Ballot Measure 2, which passed in 1998, amended Alaska’s constitution to ban marriage for same-sex couples. It passed with 68% of the vote. Republicans currently control both chambers of the state’s legislature.

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