- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Juneau Assembly has passed an ordinance that makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Juneau Empire reports (https://bit.ly/2bJGNxy ) that on Monday the assembly voted 8-1 to pass the city’s first anti-discrimination ordinance, which will protect residents from discrimination when seeking housing or employment.

Federal and state law prohibit discrimination on the base of race, age, religion and other factors but do not include protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people.

Before the vote public comment was overwhelmingly in support of the measure, though a few people said the ordinance was imposing minority values on the majority.

One Assembly member, Jerry Nankervis, voted against the measure. He said he didn’t disagree with the sentiment, but the implementation. He said he had some issues with small parts of the ordinance.


Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com

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