Anchorage LGBT non-discrimination ordinance faces opposition

A new effort is underway to repeal the recently enacted Anchorage law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports that the repeal referendum would ask voters to decide whether the ordinance should remain law. Assembly Ordinance 96 was passed in September, making it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The petition application filed Wednesday must be approved by the municipal attorney before supporters can begin collecting signatures. More than 5,750 signatures of registered municipal voters would need to be collected by Jan. 11 for the measure to be considered for the April election.

Director of Anchorage’s LGBT nonprofit Identity Inc., Drew Phoenix, is optimistic that the repeal would be rejected if brought before voters.

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