Prospects narrow for gay-rights ordinance

Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The prospect of a gay rights ordinance passing in Anchorage under a supportive city administration is dimming.

Tuesday is the cutoff to pass the anti-discrimination ordinance under the support of Acting Mayor Matt Claman, a Democrat.

If the proposal passes the Anchorage Assembly after that, Mayor-elect Dan Sullivan, a Republican, would have the power to kill it.

Assembly Chairwoman Debbie Ossiander said she will continue to allow public testimony on the issue but she will not call any extra meetings to get through testimony. Scores of people weighed in at special meetings last week.

Sullivan said he's waiting to see the final language before he weighs in with his opinion.

Others, including Ossiander, said Sullivan is generally opposed.

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