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Oct 12, 2014 8:54 PM

Federal judge strikes down Alaska's marriage ban

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) The state of Alaska will begin accepting marriage license applications from gay couples Monday.

Phillip Mitchell is with the state's Department of Vital Statistics.

He tells The Associated Press in an email that applications will be accepted first thing Monday morning.

This comes after a federal court judge on Sunday ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Five gay couples sued to overturn the ban.

One of the plaintiffs is Matt Hamby, who is married to Christopher Shelden. He says he was helping a friend paint his house when his attorney called with the good news. Hamby says he's elated by the decision, and will be at the courthouse first thing Monday.

The state of Alaska intends to appeal the ruling.


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