Petition seeks to remove non-discrimination law in Anchorage

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A petition has been submitted to the municipal clerk in Anchorage aimed at taking the non-discrimination ordinance approved two years ago off the books.

    Opponents complain that it creates a new special right to discriminate against transgender people by repealing the law protecting their right to use facilities “consistent with their gender identity.

    Alaska Family Council President Jim Minnery submitted 8,500 signatures to the clerk's office.  The clerk must certify that at least 5,754 of those are from registered voters in Anchorage,  If that number is verified, the question will be placed on the ballot of the next local election scheduled for April 3.

    It seeks to regulate bathrooms,locker rooms, and other "intimate spaces" on the basis of biological sex rather than gender identity.

    The proposal is opposed by an organization called  Fair Anchorage and by the Human Rights Campaign,  the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer  civil rights organization


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