No Apparent Rush to Allow Same-Sex Marriage in AK

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's announcement that she supports same-sex marriage caused a ripple nationwide. But it's not yet clear what impact, if any, it might have back home

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's announcement that she supports same-sex marriage caused a ripple nationwide. But it's not yet clear what impact, if any, it might have back home.
   
Alaska in 1998 passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Murkowski says she voted for it but has since changed her mind.
   
Her announcement means both Alaska's U.S. senators support same-sex marriage. But U.S. Rep. Don Young and Gov. Sean Parnell believe marriage should be between a man and a woman.
   
There doesn't seem to be a rush among Alaska legislative leaders to change the constitution to allow same-sex marriage any time soon, though some lawmakers believe that attitudes toward it are changing.