Karen Wood and Terry Tavel are plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit to provide government employee benefits to partners of same-sex couples.

Alaska CLU v. State of Alaska - Case Profile


Karen Wood & Terry Tavel

After the Alaska state constitution was amended to reserve marriage to opposite sex-couples in 1998, the ACLU filed a lawsuit seeking an equal opportunity for same-sex couples to enjoy certain important benefits that married couples enjoy under state law. The ACLU represents nine lesbian and gay state and municipal employees and retirees and their partners who do not have access to health, pension, and other employment benefits to which heterosexual public employees and their spouses have access. In its lawsuit, the ACLU demands that state and municipal employers make domestic partner employment benefits available to their lesbian and gay employees and their partners, as a growing number of private employers and other governmental employers have done.

Status: Victory! Alaska Supreme Court rules that gay and lesbian government employees must be provided domestic partner benefits.

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