The Latest: Alaska AG tweets about check lawsuit deleted

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2019 file photo, Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, left, speaks to reporters as Gov. Mike Dunleavy, right, looks on in Anchorage, Alaska. Clarkson says a woman who says she was wrongly denied a state check because of her same-sex marriage is eligible. Clarkson said in a since-deleted tweet that Denali Nicole Smith is eligible for the check paid to residents from Alaska's oil-wealth fund, but her application is listed as not paid because she hasn't provided a correct address.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit over a denied oil-wealth check in Alaska (all times local):

11:55 a.m.

Tweets from Alaska’s attorney general related to a woman’s lawsuit over eligibility for a check from the state’s oil-wealth fund have been deleted.

Department of Law spokeswoman Cori Mills says the agency decided it needed to double check its facts before posting and make sure it was clearly talking about the correct years. She says she hopes to have further information later Friday.

Earlier, Attorney General Kevin Clarkson tweeted that a lawsuit by Denali Nicole Smith was “pointless,” saying she is eligible for a check but has not been paid because of an address issue.

Attached to Smith’s federal lawsuit was a denial letter from the state that cites nullified laws barring recognition of same-sex marriage.

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11:10 a.m.

Alaska’s attorney general says a woman who alleged she was wrongly denied a check from the state’s oil-wealth fund because of her same-sex marriage is eligible.

Kevin Clarkson in a since-deleted tweet called Denali Nicole Smith’s lawsuit “pointless.” He says her application for the check is listed as eligible but hasn’t been paid because of an address issue.

Attached to Smith’s federal lawsuit is a denial letter from the state that cites nullified laws barring recognition of same-sex marriage.

The lawsuit says Smith is an Alaska resident who has been living in Florida to accompany her military wife. It claims Smith was denied eligibility when she would have been eligible had her spouse been a man.

A spokeswoman for Clarkson’s office said the matter was being looked into.

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