Monday, May 20, 2013
Clerk Says Enough Signatures Gathered for Equal Rights Ordinance
Question will be on April ballot
On Wednesday, Municipal Clerk Barbara Gruenstein announced her office verified that the One Anchorage campaign had gathered a sufficient number of registered voters' signatures for the equal rights initiative to be on April's ballot.
The question “Shall the current Municipal Code sections providing legal protections against discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age, physical disability, and mental disability be amended to include protections on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender identity?” will be on the ballot at the April 3 election.
The initiative follows a 2009 veto by Mayor Dan Sullivan of a similar change to municipal code. The assembly, which passed the ordinance, did not have the supermajority 8 votes required to overturn the veto.