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Alaska AG to seek stay of state's gay marriage case pending decision by US Supreme Court

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards will ask a federal appeals court to stay the state's same-sex marriage case pending a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The high court announced Friday that it will take up four gay marriage cases and decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the U.S. Constitution.

In October, a federal judge in Alaska struck down this state's same-sex marriage ban. The state appealed under then-Gov. Sean Parnell, who lost re-election in November.

Richards, who was appointed by Parnell's successor, Gov. Bill Walker, recently said he hadn't decided whether to continue pursuing the appeal.

In a statement, he said the high court's order makes clear the supreme court will address the same issues that are at the heart of the Alaska case.

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