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Group Seeks Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – An Anchorage group has turned in signatures to put an equal rights initiative on the April municipal ballot.

A spokesman for One Anchorage says it submitted 13,000 signatures late last week.

The initiative seeks to give legal protection to gay and transgender Alaskans. Group spokesman Trevor Storrs says gay and transgender Alaskans continue to report discrimination in jobs and housing.

He says gay and transgender Alaskans can’t file grievances with the municipal Equal Rights Commission because they are not recognized as part of a protected class.

Municipal Clerk Barbara Gruenstein says the proposed initiative already received legal review and will be put on the ballot if 5,871 signatures from registered Anchorage voters are confirmed.

She says that’s 10 percent of the number who voted in the last regular mayoral election.

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