Each state constitution begins with a declaration of rights, which is intended to acknowledge the importance of personal rights and liberties and the role that civil rights and political freedoms play in limiting government power. The Alaska declaration of rights, like that of most state constitutions, resembles closely the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. However, it includes several rights not found in the federal constitution, such as an explicit right to privacy (section 22) and the right to sexual equality (section 3), which were added by amendment in...
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