Anti-Gay Alaska Republican Launches Desperate New Attack on Same-Sex Marriage
An Alaska Republican has pre-filed legislation that would end all weddings at the state’s correctional facilities in order to prevent gay prisoners from getting married.
House Bill 218, by Anchorage GOP Rep. Bob Lynn (shown above with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz), would also ban conjugal visits and bar the state from housing two spouses at the same prison — both of which are already prohibited by Department of Corrections policy.
Lynn, Alaska’s oldest state lawmaker at 82, told The Alaska Dispatch News that he introduced the bill in response to the legalization of same-sex marriage.
“I can’t imagine the problems this would cause for wardens,” Lynn said.
Lynn’s bill appears to be unconstitutional on its face, given that the U.S. Supreme Court has held prisoners have a right to marry, although corrections officials can regulate the weddings to some degree.