Gay rights ordinance comes back before Anchorage board

Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2009

ANCHORAGE - An ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation is back before the Anchorage Assembly.

Assembly members began taking testimony about 7 p.m. Tuesday. When the Assembly took up the measure last week, hundreds of people showed up to testify.

If the hearing needs to be continued to allow speakers more time, that session will continue Wednesday afternoon, and then Monday if even more time is required.

Assembly chairwoman Debbie Ossiander said she's rewriting the ordinance to make it more palatable to both sides.

The proposed ordinance bans discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexuals in employment, education, financing and housing.

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