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Anchorage Mayor Vetoes Gay Rights Ordinance

An ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT people passed earlier this week by the Anchorage Assembly following month of debate was vetoed by Mayor Dan Sullivan:

Sullivan "In a statement...Sullivan said he sees no need for the measure. '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. He said he will have no further comment today. The measure 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 Sullivan's veto with eight votes. They have three weeks.

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  1. Self-hating closeted mo??? Maybe...

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Aug 17, 2009 7:29:00 PM

  2. So when do WE get to vote on making it legal to discriminate against him?

    These things always anger me for two reasons, how people thinking a majority wins vote on legalized discrimination is not a horrible idea and how those voting against it don't see how ridiculous and evil it is to vote for discriminating against another group is? It makes me wonder if the majority of the US wasn't christian if they would be OK with use outlawing christianity if it was "the will of the people".

    Posted by: John M | Aug 17, 2009 7:33:17 PM

  3. If the majority of American's weren't xian, we wouldn't be in this fix in the first place.

    Posted by: David R. | Aug 17, 2009 7:35:00 PM

  4. So when is Levi Johnston denouncing this?!

    Posted by: Elijah Bluenote | Aug 17, 2009 7:56:26 PM

  5. Elijah Bluenote,
    Please! Levi doesn't even know what denounce means! LOL

    Posted by: Coco | Aug 17, 2009 8:37:50 PM

  6. Has anything good ever come from Alaska? Worthless.

    Posted by: KFLO | Aug 17, 2009 8:44:21 PM

  7. mayor douchebag, oh i mean sullivan, why not resign & become sarah's maxi-pad.

    Posted by: normadesmond | Aug 17, 2009 9:33:10 PM

  8. Pathetic.

    Posted by: ichabod | Aug 17, 2009 9:42:28 PM

  9. Mayor Dan Sullivan = Catholic.

    Stop acting so god-damned surprised. Religion hates homosexuals.

    Posted by: Andrew | Aug 17, 2009 9:54:53 PM

  10. He should take that review and wipe his ass with it.

    Posted by: Sean | Aug 17, 2009 10:00:42 PM

  11. You know, as bad as I feel about living in California (after dealing with prop 8), I'm very happy I'm not in Alaska.

    Posted by: Ray | Aug 17, 2009 10:11:12 PM

  12. If there's no need for it, what's the harm in signing it?

    Wonder how long it took his lackeys to come up with that excuse? Rat bastard.

    Posted by: Hank | Aug 17, 2009 10:43:54 PM

  13. Alaska gays...speak out, speak up, let your voices be heard!

    I never realized equality was deemed a battle to be fought, but if they want to call it a "cultural war"...then we must come out on top and we can't do it unless we get active.

    I wish there was contact info for the 11 member assembly in Anchorage to touch base with...emails? #?

    Posted by: Bayley | Aug 17, 2009 11:24:17 PM

  14. How many things has this mayor signed and Anchorage otherwise passed that had "no need." How many city ordinances have been wasted on honoring such and such a day on such and such a person?

    Why can't bigots just be honest?

    Posted by: Ryan | Aug 17, 2009 11:30:18 PM

  15. Here's a link to the assembly email addresses.
    The assembly can override the veto but it needs 8 votes to do so; the ordinance passed on a 7-4 vote. It's doubtful that one more assembly person will decide that Anchorage should not discriminate.

    Posted by: Vicki O | Aug 17, 2009 11:49:46 PM

  16. The sheer volume of opposition shows that it is needed. Sullivan is a douchebag.

    Posted by: Bryan | Aug 17, 2009 11:55:45 PM

  17. Catholic douche bag.

    Posted by: Andrew | Aug 18, 2009 12:01:48 AM

  18. "Has anything good ever come from Alaska? Worthless."

    Wonderful things have come from Alaska...this is not one of them. Being gay in AK is not as easy as it might be other places, but we still choose to live here because it is an amazing place with unrivaled natural beauty so lay off the "Everything in Alaska sucks" does no one any good and changes no minds for the better. Our terrible spokespeople have given AK a bad name unfortunately.

    The last mayor (now Senator) would have supported this, the acting mayor who introduced the measure is a supporter and appeared at Pride...we unfortunately got stuck with this new guy just in time to screw stuff up.

    This has been the most contentious piece of muni business I can remember with the local mega churches bussing people in to harass the people who gave hours of heartfelt testimony which I think helped sway the council members to approve the measure (which was a surprise, I thought it would fail before it got to the mayor). Considering Sullivan's father vetoed a similar measure in 1975 when he was mayor I wasn't surprised in the least. It is a shame, Sullivan owns a great bar downtown that I will no longer step foot in.

    Posted by: AHCB | Aug 18, 2009 12:51:04 AM

  19. There will come a day when we will have had enough, when we will finally get riled up enough to react to things we don't like the same way the haters do. I don't mean idiotic Townhall Teabaggers, I mean massive letter writing campaigns, organizing, FUCK IT Bar sit ins of bars owned by Homophobes in Downtown Anchorage.

    When we have finally taken enough to say enough?

    For whatever reason, this has really pissed me off. I just came from A Democratic Black Caucus mtg where I had barely gotten the words out to ask for an endorsement of the National Equality March before everyone in the room said, "Yes! Of course! Can I be on a committee?" and then I come home and read this shit.

    I am tired of this.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Aug 18, 2009 1:14:57 AM

  20. vis If one of the four opposing members of the Assembly changes their vote in the next 21 days, they can override the mayor's veto. So reminding them of the kinds of lies and affronts contained in the above links could be handy.

    The four "no" voters (Debbie Ossiander, Chris Birch, Bill Starr and Dan Coffey) can be reached at:;;;

    Posted by: Strepsi | Aug 18, 2009 8:14:43 AM

  21. Nothing speaks louder than the (somewhat) mighty dollar. If we work together and withhold our dollars, then these leaders might listen. In Alaska's case, tourism is the big money maker next to oil. Stop taking cruises and traveling there. Encourage tour operators like Atlantis not to book cruises there. Ban travel and hotel stays to Anchorage (including flights).

    Posted by: Kurt | Aug 18, 2009 9:07:22 AM

  22. Why do stupid people read laws like that and see only a ridiculous extreme? It's to protect gays from being fired for being gay, not a legal mandate to never fire gay people. Unfortunately the root of all these problems is education, something our president probably wont get to.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Aug 18, 2009 9:28:18 AM

  23. Well, it's Alaska. What do you expect?

    Posted by: Philip Wester | Aug 18, 2009 12:38:34 PM

  24. Only 2,500 comments against? That's hardly a majority. The guy's a coward. Shame about Alaska. It was once very "live-and-let-live" libertarian.

    Posted by: mike | Aug 18, 2009 1:41:30 PM

  25. Religion does not hates homosexuals. David was gay and God loved him because God made him just like he did with the rest of us.

    Posted by: hinbww | Aug 18, 2009 4:02:20 PM

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