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Debra Harris v. Millennium Hotel, et al.

Case #: S15230 (AK Supreme Court), 201116890 (District Level) 
Filing Date: 24 September 2012
Ruling Date: 25 July 2014


  • Lambda Legal filed suit because Alaska denies survivor benefits to same-gender couples, for whom marriage is banned by AK’s law and its constitution.
  • April 2013 Lambda Legal filed notice of appeal with the Alaska Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission.
  • 28 June 2013, the Alaska Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission issued a decision which affirmed the denial of Debbie's claim on statutory grounds without ruling upon her constitutional challenge.
  • July 2013 Lambda Legal filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court.
  • 14 October 2013, AWCAC filed their opening brief.
  • The Alaska Supreme Court heard argument in June 2014.
  • 25 July 2014, the AK Supreme Court ruled that the same-sex partner of someone killed on the job should have access to the AK workers’ compensation law.

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