Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Gov Murkowski 'Outraged' By Court Ruling. Appoints Daughter To AK Supreme Court.

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Well that was fast. While writing a post about the Alaska High Court backing same-sex partner benefits yesterday I was thinking...It won't be too long before they try to re-write the Alaska Constitution to say:

except for gays

Because we all know how important it is to keep gay 'partners' from getting a dental plan.

(Source: The AP)
JUNEAU, Alaska - A state Republican lawmaker said Monday that he plans to draft a consitutional amendment to counter last week's Alaska Supreme Court decision to grant public employee benefits to gay couples.

State Sen. Fred Dyson said the legislation would exempt the state from having to extend the rights and benefits currently given to married couples to "any other union, partnership or legal status."

He cited a 1998 state consitutional amendment approved by Alaska voters that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Allison Mendel, the lawyer who represented the nine gay couples before the high court, said the issue has nothing to do with defining marriage.

"All this is about is equal pay for equal work. It's not about all these philosophical and moral issues that they seem to imply," she said.

Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski plans to bring a constitutional amendment bill to the Legislature next session, and Dyson said he will coordinate his efforts with the governor.

...The state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Friday that denying same-sex couples the same public employee benefits as married couples - life and health insurance, plus retirement and death benefits - violates the Alaska Constitution's equal-protection clause.


What will tomorrow's big newspaper headline be? Maybe something like this...

Gov Murkowski Outraged By Court Ruling. Appoints Daughter To Supreme Court.

(If you don't get the joke, take a look at Wikipedia's entry on 'nepotism' and hypocrites.com)

More:

The Alaska Constitution

'Writing a Constitution' -A man talks about what it was like to be involved in writing the Alaska Constitution.

The Wikipedia on Alaska.

Gov Murkowski declares his 'outrage'.

SEAGLA -They say it stands for 'Southeast Alaska Gay and Lesbian Alliance'. Which sounds kind of imposing until you see all the pretty rainbows and pink triangles.

May I suggest something along a skull and crossbones design to replace the happy rainbow flag? That would let everybody know that you really mean business. Seriously. Who would you rather oppress? People waving friendly rainbow flags or those carrying mean-looking black skull and crossbones banners? Just saying.

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