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January 03, 2007
Alaska Provides Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

Alaska has adopted regulations providing benefits to same-sex partners of state employees.

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The Supreme Court of Alaska had ruled that denying benefits to same-sex partners of state employees violated the equal protection clause under the state's constitution and had ordered the state to provide benefits to same-sex partners of state employees by January 1, 2007.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin disagreed with the court's decision but complied with its order.

"We have no more judicial options," says Palin. "We may disagree with the rationale behind the ruling, but our responsibility is to proceed forward with the law and follow the Constitution. I disagree with the recent court decision because I feel as though Alaskans spoke on this issue with its overwhelming support for a constitutional amendment in 1998 which defined marriage as between a man and woman. But the Supreme Court has spoken and the state will abide."

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