PFLAG says vote 'No' on April 3

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, March 26, 2007

PFLAG chapters across Alaska oppose any effort to single out one segment of Alaskans for discrimination, as represented by the April 3 advisory vote, for the following reasons:

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• To deny equal pay for equal work goes against what many Alaskans feel is fair.

• Discrimination is bad for Alaska businesses, tourism, education, health care and other vital social services by making them less competitive.

• Major companies including Ford Motor Co., BP and Alaska Airlines offer domestic partnership benefits to attract the best employees.

• Adding partnership benefits costs less than one half of 1 percent of program costs.

• Denying health insurance benefits hurts Alaska families and their children.

• Discrimination undermines the equal protection clause of our state constitution.

• We encourage every Alaskan to think about the money being spent on this issue. Isn't there something better we should be doing to support families rather than taking away health benefits from anyone?

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian and Gays) is a national nonprofit organization with more than 500 chapters all over the United States, including several active chapters here in Alaska. We promote the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons as well as their families and friends through support, education and advocacy.

We urge everyone to vote "No" on the advisory vote regarding health benefits on April 3.

Marsha Buck

PFLAG Juneau

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