LGBT rights in Alaska

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LGBT rights in Alaska
Alaska (USA)
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal since 1980
Gender identity/expression Altering sex on birth certificate requires SRS
Discrimination protections Sexual orientation protections in state employment
Family rights
Recognition of
Same sex marriage legal since 2014
Adoption Yes

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the U.S. state of Alaska have been able to marry since U.S. district court declared Alaska's denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples unconstitutional on October 12, 2014. They nevertheless continue to face some legal some challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents.

Law regarding same-sex sexual activity[edit]

Alaska repealed its sodomy law in 1980.[1]

Same-sex marriage[edit]

Same-sex marriage is legal in Alaska following a ruling of a district court judge on October 12, 2014.

Adoption and parenting[edit]

Alaska permits adoption by an unmarried adult without regard to sexual orientation. Lower state courts have allowed some second parent adoptions by gay and lesbian couples, though state court has ruled in a case where such an adoption is disputed.[2]

Discrimination protection[edit]

An executive order prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in state employment since 2002. There is no provision for gender identity in any law.[3]

Hate crime laws[edit]

State law does not address hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alaska Sodomy Law". March 12, 2007. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Human Rights Campaign: Alaska Adoption Law, accessed May 15, 2011
  3. ^ Human Rights Campaign: Alaska Non-Discrimination Law, accessed May 15, 2011
  4. ^ Human Rights Campaign: Alaska Hate Crimes Law, accessed May 15, 2011

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