JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska House passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) that modernizes Alaska’s marriage statutes to keep Alaska open and ready for business. House Bill 62 modifies the marriage witness requirement and will allow Alaska to better compete with popular destination wedding states such as Hawaii and Florida.
“With our unrivaled scenic beauty, Alaska has the potential to be one of the most desired destination wedding states in the nation. It’s time to remove unnecessary burdens on the wedding industry so we can welcome more visitors wishing to be married in Alaska,” said Representative Matt Claman.
During the amendment process in the House, the legislature added language to the bill that raises the legal minimum age to marry in Alaska from 14 to 16.
“It’s hard to imagine a time when 14 was a reasonable age to marry,” said Rep. Claman. “Having carried legislation in the past to deal with the issue, I was pleased to help remove some of the archaic ideas around marriage that still exist in Alaska statute.”
HB 62 passed the House with a vote of 27-13, and now moves to the Senate for consideration.