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Alaska lawmaker introduces bill to bar sexual orientation discrimination

Sunday, February 24, 2013

JUNEAU, Alaska — House Minority Leader Beth Kerttula has introduced a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of traits that businesses, unions and landlords cannot discriminate.

The Democrat from Juneau said Friday that the added language is needed to cover people who currently are not protected by anti-discrimination ordinances under Alaska law.

The Juneau Empire reports that Kerttula sponsored a similar bill in 2011 that did not get a committee hearing. The following year Anchorage voters rejected adding sexual orientation to anti-discrimination laws.

The new bill has been referred to the House State Affairs Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

Republican chair Rep. Bob Lynn of Anchorage says the bill will get a hearing if Kerttula requests one.

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7 more reader comments:

  1. Go, Alaska!!
    PRIDE!! EQUALITY!! RESPECT!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 10:16am
  2. thinks this must have made Sarah Palin throw a kiniptchin fit. “All I can say to that idea is ‘GOOD’.”

    Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 10:19am
  3. its about time! At the Pride march in anchorage in 1980 there were more police following us then marchers. 2 very brave people were in the march with bags over their heads as one was in the military and one was a teacher.

    Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 10:34am
  4. Yes!

    Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 10:42am
  5. Glad Palin’s out of office as I’m sure she’d veto this!

    Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 10:56am
  6. considering the same people who laughed at the notion of marriage rights I’ll predict it won’t pass.

    Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:10am
  7. I’m afraid you might be right Erica Cook, but I hope by some miracle it will pass.

    Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 5:12pm