Joint Press Release, April 10, 2006
Eagle Forum Alaska and Alaska Family Council
With no opposition, delegates to the Republican state convention passed a resolution urging the legislature to allow voters an opportunity to vote on whether same-sex couples be granted the same benefits as married state employees. “This really should come as no surprise as the vote by delegates is consistent with polling data and the 1998 vote to uphold marriage between one-man and one-woman,” says Jim Minnery, President of the newly formed Alaska Family Council.” Debbie Joslin of Eagle Forum Alaska agrees, “The vote to reaffirm marriage absolutely lines up with the Red State values of Alaska voters. The Republican Party will score big points with their constituents by taking a stand on this issue.” Over 300 of the Party faithful gathered in Fairbanks over the weekend to update their Platform and resolutions. Other resolutions included a stamp of approval on SB20, the Unborn Victims of Violence bill, and a call for selection and retention of judges willing to upheld and defend the ENTIRE constitution. The convention also voted unanimously to retain the pro-life plank in the Statement of Principles, the core beliefs outlined in the Party Platform.
President, Eagle Forum Alaska
President, Alaska Family Council
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WHEREAS, Article 1, Section 25 of the Constitution of the State of Alaska declares, “To be valid or recognized in this State, a marriage may exist only between one man and one woman.”; and
WHEREAS, the people of Alaska installed Article 1, Section 25 in the Constitution of the State of Alaska in 1998 by over 68%; and
WHEREAS, Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Alaska declares, “All political power is inherent in the people. All government originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the people as a whole.”; and
WHEREAS, the protection of marriage benefits society in general; and
WHEREAS, children are best served being raised in a traditional home with a mother and father; and
WHEREAS, the Alaska Supreme Court effectively nullified the intent of Article 1, Section 25 of our constitution in October, 2005; and
WHEREAS, the legislature has proposed that the voters of the State of Alaska should have an opportunity to nullify the effect of the recent court decision in the voting booth,
THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Alaska Republican Party strongly endorses such a constitutional amendment.