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Meanwhile in Alaska: Anchorage's Summer of Hate
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Meanwhile in Alaska: Anchorage's Summer of Hate

Posted by Dan Savage Tue, Aug 18, 2009

This post is by Brendan Joel Kelley.

On Monday, August 17, our newly elected mayor-conservative Dan Sullivan (it's a non-partisan office, so D and R don't apply)-vetoed a gay rights ordinance that the Anchorage Assembly had voted 7-4 to approve on Tuesday, August 11. Although the veto expected from Sullivan, it came as a blow to those committed to making Anchorage a progressive city like many of its West Coast counterparts.

Proposition 64, which would have added gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to the city's current anti-discrimination ordinance, protecting them from discrimination in the sale or rental of property, financing practices, employment practices, public accommodations, educational institutions, and practices of the municipality, was introduced on May 12 by then-Acting Mayor Matt Claman, an uncharismatic assemblyman who temporarily succeeded former Mayor Mark Begich after Begich was elected as a Democratic U.S. Senator in November. During Claman's brief tenure-January through June-the gay rights proposition was the only notable move he made.

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