Pre-Filed Legislation in Alaska Seeks to Undermine Marriage Equality Alaska Commons • January 8, 2016 With the legislature set to reconvene for the second session of the 29th Legislature on January 20, the state finds itself in quite the hole. Oil drives state government. As in all of it. With Alaska Crude falling under $40 per barrel, Governor Bill Walker (I-Alaska) told an Anchorage town hall au
Anchorage, Alaska approves repeal vote for LGBT nondiscrimination law Spectrum • December 14, 2015 The city of Anchorage has approved a ballot measure to repeal the city’s nondiscrimination law that added sexual orientation and gender identity to existing equal opportunity laws. However, City Attorney Bill Falsey, who approved the referendum petition, said the proposed ballot language would hav
Effort To Repeal Anchorage’s LGBT Rights Law Focuses On Bathrooms BuzzFeed • December 3, 2015 The Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in September. A group of activists is now trying to repeal the ordinance, saying it enables men to prey on girls in public restrooms. Read the story here.
Anchorage, Alaska Assembly Passes LGBT Rights Law Alaska Dispatch News • September 29, 2015 In a 9-2 vote, the Anchorage Assembly late Tuesday night made it illegal in the city to discriminate over sexual orientation or gender identity. The new local civil rights ordinance, the first of its kind in Alaska, will take effect as soon as it is signed by Assembly Chair Dick Traini, with the
History Repeats Itself As Public Debates Anchorage Gay Rights Ordinance Alaska Dispatch News • September 15, 2015 The Anchorage Assembly will continue a public hearing Wednesday on a proposed ordinance to ban discrimination in Anchorage on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Video: Public testimony at Anchorage Assembly Three versions of the ordinance were up for public hearing, all of which wo
How An Alaska Lawmaker Is Trying To Sneak Anti-LGBT Discrimination Into The Law Think Progress • August 14, 2015 Anchorage Assembly member Bill Evans has proposed an expansion to the city’s equal rights law to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes, but there’s a catch. His bill has a gaping exemption that will allow religion to continue to justify anti-LGBT discrimination. R
Anchorage Assembly Member to Introduce New LGBT Anti-Discrimination Measure Alaska Dispatch News • August 13, 2015 Anchorage Assembly member Bill Evans says the city’s equal rights law should be expanded to include sexual orientation and gender identity. In an ordinance he introduced Thursday, Evans could be rekindling a debate that has polarized the community in recent years. The ordinance would make it ille
Alaska Family Council President Wants to Bring Indiana’s Anti-Gay Law North Alaska Commons • April 1, 2015 Social conservative advocacy group Alaska Family Council president Jim Minnery took to the internet on Monday calling for “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) legislation to be brought forward in Juneau. Minnery pointed out that Alaska is not one of the 19 states with a version of RFRA on
Bills Aim to Make it Illegal to Discriminate Based on Sexual Orientation in Alaska KTUU Channel 2 • January 9, 2015 Two Alaska state representatives plan to reintroduce separate bills that would make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation. Read the full story here.