Supporters of Proposition 5 Are "Embarrassed" the Anti-Discrimination Bill Didn't Pass
Failure of Proposition 5 pleases some and surprises others
ANCHORAGE -The only proposition that failed in Tuesday’s election was Proposition 5, which would have extended the city’s anti-discrimination protections to gays, lesbians and transgender members of the community.
The fact that the initiative didn’t pass took many by surprise.
Just ten days before the election a poll by Dittman Research put the proposition passing by a narrow margin, but by the time the polls closed Tuesday 58 percent of voters had voted no on Proposition 5.
“We are definitely disappointed,“ said Trevor Storrs, spokesman for One Anchorage, the group formed to promote the proposition. Storrs said they felt positive about the diverse support the measure received.
But in the final days it was the opposition, led by conservative church groups, which may have done a better job of getting the vote out.
Sarah Crumbly said she voted against the measure because her pastor asked her to.
“I am a Christian so I believe that a man is supposed to be with a woman,” said Crumbly. “If everybody believed that we wouldn’t have an issue, so I am glad it didn’t pass.”
Others see Tuesday’s results differently.
“I’m embarrassed it didn’t pass”, said Joey Blockhouse. “The groups who are against it, basically they made a choice to be in a religion and they are saying these people made a choice. Everybody I know who’s gay didn’t make a choice, they just knew they were.”
Backers of Proposition 5 said they’ll continue to fight for what they see as an issue of equality, although they’re not sure what their next step will be.