06/19/14 - 9:38pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state denies its laws on marriage curb the constitutional rights of five same-sex couples suing over Alaska’s gay marriage ban.
The couples, four married outside Alaska and one unmarried couple, sued in federal court seeking to overturn the ban. Alaska voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1998 defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
In a filing Thursday, the state doesn’t get into its legal arguments. Instead, there is a claim-by-claim response to the plaintiffs.