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Alaskan Mayoral Candidate Insinuates Her Pro-LGBT Opponent Supports Incest Marriage

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As the city of Anchorage, Alaska gears up for its upcoming mayoral election, the race is beginning to take a tone for the uncouth. Earlier this week during an interview with conservative radio host Casey Reynolds, current mayoral candidate Amy Demboski insinuated that there might be some truth to allegations about her opponent Ethan Berkowitz supported the idea of incestuous marriages.

Rumors began to spread last year after Jerry Prevo, a local conservative pastor, alleged that Berkowitz supported fathers marrying their sons. To clarify Berkowitz himself has never said anything to that effect. According to Reynolds, he only asked Demboski the question in order to gauge whether or not she’d even entertain the accusations. Surprisingly Demboski went along with the idea, expressing that she’d be interested in hearing the sermon in which the rumors first began.

“I don't know anything about pedophilia, but I know, when I listened to 'Bernadette and Berkowitz,' oh, last year, I remember the conversation,” said Demboski. “And I remember him saying that people should be allowed to marry anything, and he said he supported if a dad wanted to marry his son. I remember him saying it but I don't remember exactly his words.”

Later on as word spread of Demboski’s willingness to run with the idea of her opponent being a supporter of incest, her office began to refuse media inquiry about her interview.

“I was dumbfounded, left speechless," Reynolds said to the Alaska Dispatch News. “I never would have expected her to stand by that as a reasonable inference of her opponent’s positions.”

In the past Berkowitz has been a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and protections in Anchorage. Berkowitz’s office has been steadfast in refusing to acknowledge the accusations being leveled at him.

Read the full transcript from Demboski's interview with Casey Reynolds AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Couple's Home in Alaska Targeted with Sign Reading 'Fags Die'

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A gay couple living in Anchorage, Alaska had their home and car struck by vandals this week.

Adam Jacobson says that he discovered a frozen soupy substance on the couple's mailbox, an eggshell on the front porch, and a few empty jars in their backyard.

But it was what they found on the windshield of their car that really disturbed them, KTVA reports.

Someone had walked up their driveway to place a sign made up of many smaller signs on the vehicle, which had a swastika on it, and said "FAG FREE ZONE", "White Power", "Fags Die, God Laughs, Homosexuality is Sin", "I Hate You, "Two Men Should Friends! Not Butt Buddies!!!", "Homos are possessed by demons", and "God Hates Fag Enablers".

Jacobson and his husband have lived in their current home for four years. He says that friends and members of the community have been supportive since the incident.

He attributes the hate as a reaction to the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in Alaska, and says the haters are "feeling marginalized and feeling like sort of victims of the progressive moment."


Alaska News Reporter and Marijuana Advocate Quits On-Air In Dramatic Fashion: WATCH

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In a bid to help drum up support for Alaska's Ballot Measure 2 - which would legalize recreational pot use in the state - Anchorage news reporter Charlo Greene announced on-air that she would be quitting her broadcast job to devote all her energy to the green cause. 

“Now everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska," she said. "And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, f--k it, I quit.”

Watch the segment and a video of Greene explaining why she quit, AFTER THE JUMP...(warning: language)

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News: Anchorage, AT&T, Transgender Student, Sarah Palin

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6a00d8341c730253ef019afff259e6970b New poll: One in six LGBT Brits have been the victim of a hate crime.

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6a00d8341c730253ef019afff259e6970b Michael Douglas confesses to lying about the type of cancer he was diagnosed with in 2010: "But the surgeon said, 'Let's just say it's throat cancer.' I said 'OK, you don't want to say it's tongue cancer?' I said 'Why's that?' and he said, 'Well, if you really want to know why, if we do have to have surgery it's not going to be pretty. You'll lose part of you jaw and your tongue and all of that stuff.' So I said, 'OK sure.'"

6a00d8341c730253ef019afff259e6970b Will Young hopes to stop school kids from using the word "gay" as a slur.

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6a00d8341c730253ef019afff259e6970b Anchorage Chamber of Commerce hopes to give LGBT community support from local businesses: "'The social debates are happening outside of what we're doing,' said Andrew Halcro, the chamber president. 'This is really focusing on the economy and the economic benefits of inclusivity.'"

6a00d8341c730253ef019afff259e6970b Lesbian couple in Utah claims discrimination from manager at AT&T store. The company is investigating the charges.

6a00d8341c730253ef019afff259e6970b Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz, who initially supported the government shutdown, are now protesting it in Washington, DC.

6a00d8341c730253ef019afff259e6970b Palin also appeared in New Jersey to support Cory Booker Senate rival, Steve Lonegan.

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Anchorage Pastor Kicks Out Boy Scout Troop: 'No Homosexual Will Enter the Kingdom of God'

The Anchorage Baptist Temple in Anchorage, Alaska has kicked out Boy Scout Troop 1316 and Cub Scout Pack 316 over the organization's decision to allow gay youth, the Anchorage Daily News reports:

PrevoThe church's decision came now, months later, because "we were just hoping there would be enough repercussions that the Boy Scouts might reconsider, and they haven't," the church's chief pastor, Rev. Jerry Prevo, said Thursday.

Prevo said he wasn't worried about backlash. The Bible's message is plain, he said: "No homosexual will enter the Kingdom of God."

Rev. Tom Cobaugh, the Baptist Temple's education minister who serves as liaison with the Boy Scout troop, later clarified the decision:

"Troop 1316 and Pack 316 were ministries of the Anchorage Baptist Temple," Cobaugh wrote. "ABT has not changed its position because the Bible has not changed its position on sexuality (see Leviticus 18:22, I Corinthians 6:9). The BSA has changed. They caved on their position because of political pressure and the threat that it may affect their bottom line financially, through donations and/or their tax-exempt status."


Alaskan Bears and More Come Out for Pride in Anchorage: PHOTOS

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Alaska Commons has posted a great photo essay documenting the Alaska Pride Fest held in Anchorage over the weekend.

Saturday, June 15, brought Alaska’s Pride Fest back onto Delaney Park in Anchorage, capping off a week of celebration. The festival began with a march starting on 4th Avenue, working its way to the park strip. The walk symbolized taking “a new ‘step’ in [Pride Fest's] mission to unify our state of pride.”

Check out Zach Roberts' photos HERE.

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