Religious Leaders Come Together to Fight Proposition 5
100 religious leaders gather
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage religious leaders held a press conference Thursday to discuss their opposition to Proposition 5.
Proposition 5 is an equal rights ordinance that will appear on the municipal ballot in April.
“If Prop 5 is passed it will pose a serious threat to religious liberties here in Anchorage,” said Pastor Ken Friendly, of Lighthouse Christian Fellowship.
Jim Minnery, the chairman of Protect your Rights, has formed a group of ministers and pastors from Anchorage and Eagle River to “Vote no on 5.”
The group of nearly 100 church leaders held a briefing before the press conference to talk about the language of the equal rights initiative and why they believe it would have a negative impact on Anchorage businesses and churches.
Their position is that Proposition 5 will hurt small business owners who oppose the gay lifestyle, making them provide services even when alternatives are available in the local economy.
“So on Proposition 5, we need a clause, we need some words in there to make sure that we don’t discriminate,” said Glenn Petersen, of Central Lutheran Church. “It’s not merely a civic responsibility, it is a responsibility of my faith.”