Anchorage Passes Ordinance Banning Discrimination Against Gays
Members of the Anchorage, Alaska Assembly fought back tears as they announced their votes on an anti-discrimination ordinance which had inspired months of debate and testimony from over 600 people. The ordinance passed 7-4 but there is the possiblity of a mayoral veto:
"The vote came down, to the dismay of many [protesters] in red. 'I think it sucks, the whole thing sucks, we haven't had any problems here in town, how many people were shipped in from out-of-state to stand up here and protest,' ordinance opposer Mary Morgan said. But it might not be over. The descision (sic) is one majority vote short of reaching the 8-vote supermajority necessary to override a mayoral veto. Mayor Dan Sullivan has seven days to potentially veto the ordinance that took nearly three months to pass. Sullivan declined a request for an interview immediately after the decision. If that's something the mayor wants to do, he's got seven days to do it."