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Anchorage Mayor vetoes anti-discrimination ordinance

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dan SullivanAnchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan vetoed the controversial anti-discrimination ordinance on Monday, citing negative comments and arguing that there is no need for the measure.

City leaders passed the measure that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in areas of employment, housing and credit by a 7 to 4 vote last week. The ordinance exempted religious organizations from the regulations.

“My review shows that there is clearly a lack of quantifiable evidence necessitating this ordinance,” Sullivan said in a statement. “My review also shows that the vast majority of those who communicated their position on the ordinance are in opposition.”

An override of the mayor’s  veto will require 8 votes

The decision was announced in a statement, and the mayor did not grant interviews.

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4 more reader comments:

  1. I bet he didn’t grant any interviews!!! The opposition to freedom still stands strong. Gay rights are our generations civil rights movement.

    Posted on Monday, August 17, 2009 at 9:07pm
  2. First off Mr. Dan Sullivan, Gay’s won’t go to HELL people like YOU WILL!
    ( I know this has nothing to do with this article, but I’m just blowing off steam )
    Do You have a Son or Daughter that might be Gay? Is there a Relative that might be gay, Sister, Brother, Aunt , Uncle?
    ….NO?…
    …..Have you EVER seen Someone beaten to a pulp, because of Who they are? What about, being shot? Tied to a fence, beaten, burned? What about Someone being tied to the bumper of a car, while their skin is ripped off, from being dragged on the road? You HAVEN’T ? Really ?
    WELL I HAVE!!! Hey! Guess what?? There are gay American’s, & YES, We have rights!! But don’t worry Mr. Mayor, We ALL have our day in court. Who knows, maybe one day, We’ll judge you, put you in jail, & take away Your rights.
    I always hated the word Queer, because thats a name that was given to Us, by people LIKE YOU.
    To Me Queer, is someone who hates, or harms someone, who is not like they are. ( I know this article doesn’t say anything about hate, but thats what it is )

    Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 12:20am
  3. You have to wonder why people like Dan Sullivan go into public service. It’s appalling that this so-called mayor is blind to the discrimination faced by LGBT people every day of their lives. And what a shame that a guy like this could be elected to a major city in Alaska, or anywhere else for that matter.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 5:45am
  4. I’m not gay, nor am i curious. I do have feelings for friends who are gay and or bi. I only wish to say nothing ever earned in the history of our planet was ever done so without pain and suffering, without death and loss one way or another. This movement when i was growing up was pure hated and untollerated in southern Ala. I am proud to say i support you and your right to do as you wish in a free country (So they say) and know there is one more person out there standing up for what is right not because “The man” wants to hold it down but because i FEEL truly blessed to know many Gay or lesbein folks whom i adore and admire.

    Sincerely from the bottom of my heart

    Jody Gibson

    Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 3:44pm