ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The 2012 Municipal election is less than a month and a half away, and the debate on a controversial issue is heating up. The ballot measure groups are campaigning for and against is Proposition 5, an equal rights initiative that would extend certain rights to gay and transgender people.
If voters pass Prop. 5 in April's Municipal election, the Anchorage rights initiative would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender identity in three areas: employment, public housing, and public accommodation.
Trevor Storrs from the group "One Anchorage" said supporters are reaching out to community councils, asking leaders to pass a resolution in favor of the proposition. Storrs spoke in front of the Abbott Loop Community Council Thursday night, asking the council to vote on a resolution in support.
“What this does is it doesn’t add another law, but strengthens, making sure no one group is discriminated against,” said Storrs. “And knowing that this community has a level of tolerance by adding sexual gender, we further strengthen the law and the value of what already exists here in Anchorage.”