At least two gay couples have married
in Alaska as a judge waived the state's customary 3-day waiting
According to the Alaska
Dispatch News, state Magistrate Mary Treiber married Kristine
Hilderbrand and Sarah Ellis at about 4 PM on Monday. The couple is
believed to be the first gay couple to marry in the state.
Couples began lining up at government
offices on Monday, a day after U.S. District Court Judge Timothy
Burgess struck down the state's ban, enacted in 1998.
Republican Governor Sean Parnell has
asked Burgess to set aside his ruling pending an en banc
appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. An en banc
appeal involves the court's complete slate of judges, skipping the
customary 3-judge panel.
The Ninth Circuit on Monday cleared the
way for gay couples to begin marrying in Idaho.
Circuit lifts stay on Idaho gay marriage ruling; takes effect