Anchorage mayor vetoes gay rights ordinance

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Anchorage Mayor Dan SullivanRepublican Mayor Dan Sullivan has chosen to veto a city ordinance which would have banned discrimination against the LGBT community in Anchorage.

“My review shows that there is clearly a lack of quantifiable evidence necessitating this ordinance,” the mayor said. “My review also shows that the vast majority of those who communicated their position on the ordinance are in opposition.”

Sullivan said he had received almost 2,500 comments as he was considering whether to let the measure stand.

The ordinance was the subject of intense public interest and debate all summer. The Assembly approved a compromise measure last week by a 7-4 vote.

The Assembly can override the mayor’s veto, but it needs eight votes to do so. The panel has 21 days to take up the issue again. The next opportunity will be at its next meeting, Aug. 25.

We had been thinking about taking a cruise up to Alaska now that Palin has thankfully resigned. Perhaps we need to rethink that idea.

Post by ILO on 08/17/09 at 4:56 pm