JUNEAU, AK - The Alaska State Personnel Board is considering including same-sex partners in the definition of "immediate family."
The proposed change in rules would allow state employees to take family leave due to a serious health condition of a same-sex partner.
Same-sex marriage is not legal in Alaska because of a state constitutional amendment, but Deputy Personnel Director Nancy Sutch says the proposed change in rules stems from a recent review of a 2005 Alaska Supreme Court decision.
That decision says it is unconstitutional to offer valuable benefits to spouses but not to same-sex domestic partners.
The personnel board plans to consider the changes at its Sept. 19 meeting in Anchorage.
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