With Wedding On The Line Plaintiffs Prep For SameSex Marriage Challenge

first_imgFive gay couples are behind the lawsuit challenging Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage. The suit was filed Monday in federal court. And in this case, the political is especially personal.Download AudioCourtney Lamb is in the early stages of planning her wedding.“I’ve asked people to be like, you know, bridesmaids. And I have my veil and my shoes.”She has ideas for a dress, too. For a location, she’s thinking Girdwood. And when it comes to the reception, Lamb wants it to be more fun than traditional.(Courtesy Stephanie Pearson)“Like I want a cupcake tower, not like a big eight-tier cake,” says Lamb.There’s just one big wrinkle: Lamb doesn’t know if the state will allow her to marry her fiancée by their wedding date.She and her partner Stephanie Pearson are one of five gay couples fighting an Alaska ban on same-sex marriage. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government must recognize gay marriages, judges all across the country have decided state-level bans are unconstitutional. On Wednesday, Idaho’s ban was struck down. The same thing happened last week in Arkansas. Oklahoma, Virginia, Illinois, Michigan, and Texas have all seen similar decisions from the federal courts this year.Lamb thinks there’s a good shot that gay marriage could be legal in Alaska — and even nationwide — by next May.“We’re planning our wedding, and if this goes through and it’s legal by the time we have all of our plans finalized, then that’s wonderful,” says Lamb. “And if not, then we will have a big party with our friends and still celebrate ourselves and our relationship.”Fellow plaintiffs Matt Hamby and Chris Shelden are on the opposite sides of the spectrum. They’ve already been married — twice.The first time was