About 285 same-sex couples wed in Alaska in past year

The state health department says nearly 285 same-sex couples have married in Alaska in the year since a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional.

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Monday marks the one-year anniversary of the decision striking down a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Except for a brief period last October, couples have been able to apply for licenses.

In June, following litigation across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples nationwide have the right to marry.

Nearly 5,590 marriages have been registered in Alaska over the last year. That includes all couples who have married and turned in completed marriage licenses.

Matthew Hamby, a plaintiff in the Alaska case, said in the past year, “mundane” tasks, like filing a house deed, have gotten somewhat easier.