Anchorage Assembly approves law on anti-discrimination

Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly has approved a law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but Mayor Dan Sullivan said he hasn't decided whether to veto the measure.

The assembly approved the measure in a 7-4 vote Tuesday night, one short of a veto-proof majority. It was a compromise ordinance that exempts religious organizations, but otherwise protects the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people to employment, credit, public accommodations and housing free from discrimination.

The vote followed two months of emotional public meetings. Supporters said it was time to ensure protection for all members of society, while opponents questioned the measure's necessity and worried it would force businesses to have unisex restrooms.

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