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Anchorage Mayor vetoes anti-discrimination ordinance

Monday, August 17, 2009
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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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