Anchorage gay rights veto stands, for now

Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Tuesday night's meeting was the first opportunity for the Anchorage Assembly to override the mayor's veto of a gay right's ordinance. It didn't.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that Assembly Chairwoman Debbie Osslander is considered the possible swing vote. She says she has been getting 200 e-mails and phone calls a day to reconsider her opposition to the ordinance and vote to override the mayor.

The measure to guarantee equal rights to jobs and housing for gays and lesbians passed the assembly Aug. 11 with seven votes. Eight are needed to override the Mayor Dan Sullivan's Aug. 17 veto. He said the gay rights measure is not needed.

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