Sex outside marriage should be illegal, says appointee to Alaska Judicial Council

Sam Francis didn’t call the Republicans the “Stupid Party” for nothing.

Gov. Sean Parnell’s appointee for the panel that nominates state judges testified Wednesday that he would like to see Alaskans prosecuted for having sex outside of marriage.

The candidate, Don Haase of Valdez, also admitted under questioning by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that his official resume failed to disclose his leadership role in Eagle Forum Alaska, which advocates for social conservative issues. He most recently was president of the organization, but resigned when he learned of his nomination, he said.

Haase, picked by Parnell for one of three public seats on the Alaska Judicial Council, said that he wouldn’t let his personal beliefs influence which candidates he’d approve for judgeships.

“It would be a very convoluted process to sit on this board to change the law,” said Haase, testifying by telephone. “It would be an inconvenient way to do it.”


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