One Anchorage Asks that the No on 5 Campaign Pull Ads Off Airwaves
Supporters of Proposition 5 say the debate has taken an "ugly turn"
ANCHORAGE - The group supporting Proposition 5, the bill that could add sexual orientation and transgender to the Anchorage anti-discrimination code, said the debate has taken an “ugly turn.”
One Anchorage said the commercials being run by the opposition are offensive and stigmatizing.
They said the cartoon characters used in the ads depict gay and transgender individuals and are “dehumanizing stereotypes.”
Supporters of Prop 5, including former Governor Tony Knowles and Mayor Rick Mystrom, addressed the media today and called for the No on 5 campaign to pull their commercials.
“Several people behind those ads are people that I consider friends and colleagues, so it's always difficult to confront people that you really care about, but friends these ads are wrong,” said Michael Burke.
In an email from No on 5 supporter Jim Minnery, he said because proponents of Prop 5 refused to provide a definition of “transgender identity” in the proposed law, it is very difficult to determine what a transgender looks like.
Minnery also said they support the ads and have no plans of pulling them off the air.
Results released recently by a Dave Dittman poll show 50 percent of Anchorage voters surveyed will be voting yes on Proposition 5.
Here is Minnery's email to KTVA in its entirety:
Because proponents of Prop. 5 refused to provide a definition of
"Transgender is an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity, gender
It's entirely plausible that our fictional, trans-cartoon character might be