JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House has rejected extending a proposed perk for military spouses to same-sex partners of military members.

Versions of the proposed amendment offered by Democratic Rep. Max Gruenberg were unsuccessfully offered in committees.

Current state law exempts military members legally licensed to drive in their home states from getting an Alaska license while they're in the state temporarily. HB212, from Rep. Doug Isaacson, would extend that allowance to their spouses.

Isaacson said the intent of the bill is not to discriminate.

Republican Rep. Lora Reinbold said she swore to uphold the constitution, and Alaska's constitution bans same-sex marriage.

Democratic Rep. Les Gara said the debate had nothing to do with marriage. He called it a matter of respect.

The bill itself passed, and will now go to the Senate.


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