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Anchorage Clerk Verifies Signatures for Initiative

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Anchorage Municipal Clerk Barbara Gruenstein says signatures for a city equal rights initiative have been verified.

Initiative sponsors were required to turn in 5,871 signatures from registered voters, representing 10 percent of voters who cast ballots in the last regular mayoral election.

The initiative seeks to give legal protection to gay and transgendered Alaskans.

Trevor Storrs of the group One Anchorage said last week gay and transgendered Alaskans can’t file grievances with the municipal Equal Rights Commission because they are not recognized as part of a protected class.

Gruenstein says a question will appear on the April 3 ballot asking whether municipal protections against discrimination based on race, sex, religion and other factors should amended to include sexual orientation or transgender identity.

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