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Alaska personnel board makes gay partners 'family'

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September 20, 2013

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Same-sex partners of state employees will be considered as immediate family under action taken Thursday by the Alaska State Personnel Board.

The board adopted new wording in regulations that allows state employees to take leave due to a serious health condition involving a same-sex partner and include same-sex partners in the definition of immediate family for that purpose.

To be eligible, the rules state the same-sex partners must provide proof that they meet five of eight criteria, including such things as a joint mortgage or rental agreement, joint ownership of a vehicle or being named as the primary beneficiary in a partner's will.