February 27, 1998

Good News From Alaska!

Dan Foley just called me:  a lower court in Alaska has decided that Alaska must present compelling state interest arguments to justify continuing to discriminate by denying marriage licenses to same-gender couples.

This is what Hawaii's Supreme Court ordered for Hawaii back in 1993, and those arguments were attempted by the State in September 1996 -- and totally rejected by Judge Kevin Chang in Honolulu Circuit Court in December 1996.

The news from Hawaii:  not a peep out of our own Supreme Court as to when they will rule on the state's appeal to them of Judge Kevin Chang's decision.

                        With best regards,

                        Tom Ramsey
                        ex-officio, Board of Directors
                        Marriage Project - Hawaii
                        PO Box 11690
                        Honolulu HI 96828

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