Bathroom bill fails in Anchorage

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) Anchorage voters have defeated the so-called bathroom bill in a referendum that asked them should people that use public bathrooms and locker rooms be required to use those consistent with their gender at birth.

    An ordinance in 2015 prevented discrimination based on sexual orientation and added a clause that would have prevented transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms based on the gender they identify with.

    The vote by mail ended April 3.  The repeal effort was losing 53-47 percent  with only a few hundred ballots left to be counted.

    The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund said Anchorage is the first U.S voting jurisdiction to defeat such an effort in a stand alone ballot measure.

    Opponents of the ordinance gathered enough signatures for a repeal referendum, then mounted a campaign using the slogan "No Men in Women's Bathrooms." By a margin of 61 percent to 39 percent, the anti-bias ordinance was repealed.

    Groups opposed to his effort reported receiving about $826,000 in donations.

    With Alaska's economy emerging from a recession, influential city groups were wary about a possible economic backlash if the repeal was successful.

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