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Alaska Marriage Amendment, Measure 2 (1998)

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The Alaska Marriage Amendment, also known as Ballot Measure 2, was on the November 3, 1998 election ballot in Alaska as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.


On October 12, 2014, a federal judge struck down the ban on same-sex marriage. The U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska ruled the ban unconstitutional under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. U.S District Judge Timothy M. Burgess said:[1]

Alaska’s same-sex marriage laws are a prime example of how 'the varying treatment of different groups or persons is so unrelated to the achievement of any combination of legitimate purposes that we can only conclude that the legislature’s actions were irrational.'


The governor of Alaska, Sean Parnell (R), released a statement on the same day of the ruling saying he planned to appeal the ruling to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, despite the fact that the court had recently struck down similar bans in Idaho and Nevada.[1]

Election results

Alaska Marriage Amendment, Measure 2
Approveda Yes 152,965 68.1%

Results from the Alaska State Government.[3]

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot said, "This measure would amend the Declaration of Rights section of the Alaska Constitution to limit marriage. The amendment would say that to be valid, a marriage may exist only between one man and one woman."

Changes to the Alaska Constitution

The passing of Alaska Marriage Amendment, Measure 2 added Article I, Section 25 to the Alaska Constitution.

Similar measures

The following are measures that banned or attempted to ban same-sex marriages. Note that a number of them have been overturned.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Huffington Post, "Federal Judge Strikes Down Alaska Gay Marriage Ban," October 12, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Alaska State Government 1998 election results