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Group Seeks Initiative to Add LGBT People to Law

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A group wants to put an initiative adding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to Anchorage’s anti-discrimination law.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the application was filed by One Anchorage. The municipal clerk’s office has 10 days to approve the initiative application. If approved, the group has to collect 5,871 signatures from Anchorage voters within 90 days to get the question on the April ballot.

In 2009, the Anchorage Assembly approved a similar measure but Mayor Dan Sullivan vetoed it.

The measure seeks to add sexual orientation or transgender identity to the list of groups protected by the city’s anti-discrimination law.

Former Gov. Tony Knowles and former state Sen. Arliss Sturgulewski are co-chairs of One Anchorage. Vic Fischer, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, is a member.

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