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French: Inevitability for same-sex marriage
Senate Minority Leader Hollis French says the legalization of same-sex marriage across the country seems inevitable.
JUNEAU- Senate Minority Leader Hollis French says the legalization of same-sex marriage across the country seems inevitable.
He said Thursday, "If you can't see it coming, your eyes are closed."
Over the last year, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that prevented legally married same-sex couples from receiving certain federal benefits. States like Hawaii have legalized same-sex marriage, and state constitutional bans in Utah and Oklahoma have been struck down by federal courts though appeals are expected or pending.
Virginia's attorney general said Thursday that he believes that state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and would support efforts to fight it.
Voters in Alaska in 1998 approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.