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Judge Backs Tax Exemption For Alaska Same-Sex Couples; Marital Classification Unconstitutional

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Associated Press
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September 20, 2011

Alaska’s same-sex couples are entitled to the same senior citizen and disabled veteran property tax exemptions as married couples, a state judge has ruled.

Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner said in his decision that the state’s marital classification violates the Alaska Constitution’s equal protection clause. The ruling was signed Friday and released Monday by ACLU of Alaska.