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Alaska Senate Leader on Gay Marriage: 'If You Can't See It Coming, Your Eyes Are Closed'

On Thursday, Alaska Senate Minority Leader Hollis French (D-Anchorage) spoke favorably of the inevitability of nationwide marriage equality, saying “If you can’t see it coming, your eyes are closed.”  

Hollis frenchThe AP reports:

French said he believed the U.S. Supreme Court would ultimately take up the issue and find denying an adult the right to marry whomever he or she wants violates the equal protection clause.

He called it an exciting legal development.

Although Alaska voters in 1998 approved a state constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman, significant pro-equality progress has been made since that time. Last year, both U.S. Senators from Alaska, Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Lisa Murkowski came out in support of marriage equality.

Additionally, a recent poll out by the Freedom to Marry shows voters in Alaska and other western states where same-sex marriage continues to be illegal now favor marriage equality by a 19-point-margin (53% favor, 34% oppose).

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  1. “If you can’t see it coming, your eyes are closed.” - No, Hollis French, my eyes are no closed; I'm blind with pessimism and despair. Sorry I'm not waiting in baited breath over this. I don't have a lot of faith in the heterosexual majority to do the right thing. Bigotry is too satisfying and profitable.

    Posted by: Reliable | Jan 24, 2014 2:47:03 PM

  2. It is coming. Just a couple of years away now.

    Posted by: AKConstant | Jan 24, 2014 2:53:23 PM

  3. It's only been a 2000 year struggle.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Jan 24, 2014 4:04:50 PM

  4. Then again, voters in its most liberal city, Anchorage, just voted overwhelmingly to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance.

    Posted by: Merv | Jan 24, 2014 4:58:46 PM

  5. As a kid growing up, I spent 6 years in Alaska. I'd like to believe the minority leader. Yet, what Merv said is true.

    What the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ssid is also true; the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.

    Posted by: Ken | Jan 24, 2014 9:03:13 PM

  6. i bet scalia has already begun furiously writing his dissent.

    Posted by: bryan | Jan 25, 2014 3:19:32 AM

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