Anchorage Approves First LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Ordinance in AlaskaBy Adam Polaski • September 30, 2015 • 10:13 am
On Tuesday, September 29, the Assembly in Anchorage, Alaska voted 9-2 to approve a local non-discrimination ordinance protecting LGBT people from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.
Anchorage is the first municipality in Alaska to take proactive steps to protect LGBT people from discrimination.
The vote followed several days of discussion about the ordinance, during which fair-minded Alaskans took to the microphone to voice their support. The Assembly last night also rejected an amendment that would have immediately put the ordinance on the ballot in April 2016.
A statement from Alaskans Together for Equality, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska, the Pride Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign celebrated the move:
With today’s passage of a strong and fair nondiscrimination ordinance through the Anchorage Assembly, we have taken yet another step toward living up to the Alaskan values of fairness and treating others as we would want to be treated,” the statement said. “We have joined the vanguard of over 200 cities that say you should not be fired or lose your home simply based on who you are or whom you love.