Bill would update laws to reflect same-sex marriage rights

Rep. Andy Josephson speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives, Feb. 24, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)
Rep. Andy Josephson speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives, Feb. 24, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

State laws would be updated to replace terms like husband and wife with language reflecting the legalization of same-sex marriage under legislation introduced in the Alaska House.

In a release, Democratic Rep. Andy Josephson said the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage is not reflected in state laws. He says there’s a housekeeping nature to proposed changes in the bill. But he says the changes would have a significant effect in recognizing the rights of same-sex couples in the state.

The bill, HB 342, touches on a range of areas including adoption, divorce and property rights.