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Anchorage set to vote on Proposition 5

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  1. Lumi Bast 3 Apr 2012, 1:13am

    Discrimination exists everywhere there is ignorance and/or the world’s major religions, which is pretty much everywhere.

    I really hope this law passes so the LGB people of Alaska are more equal than they are now.

  2. Jacob Dugan-Brause 3 Apr 2012, 7:37am

    We shall see. I was an Alaskan and grew up in Anchorage. There have been 4 failed attempts at passing such a law since 1975. It’s quite a story, really, and it typifies our struggle as LGBT people in all too many places in our world.

    I and my Irish (and American) husband married in Canada. We have lived in London for five years now; last month I applied for my citizenship in the UK. As Quakers, we’ll add our efforts to support an expanded consultation on marriage equality. It’s our next step in this, our adopted country.

  3. Let’s hope this passes, but equality shouldn’t need a referendum.

  4. Our mayor is a micromanager biggot with support from the majority of far-right republicans. Good if the proposition passes,but I will not surprised if it does not. I voted yes, but did not see anyone else at the booth,except for the volunteers. This is a state that does not believe in environmental protection either, and where everybody carries more guns than cash. Need I say more?

  5. Jacob Dugan-Brause 4 Apr 2012, 12:13pm

    It’s the day after and Anchorage voters in a record turnout said no to civil rights protections for LGBT people by a margin of 58-42 per cent (so far).

    Voting irregularities are being investigated as some voters were evidently turned away for lack of ballots. There are still thousands of questioned and absentee ballots yet to be counted.

    It beginning to look like the 2000 US presidential vote in Florida.

    1. Hey Jacob,, go figure, the military drops DADT, but Anchorage rejects prop 5!

  6. Well, now that prop 5 has been defeated, I feel like leaving Alaska, the backlash against gay people will begin. I would encourage all gay visitors to stay away, skip Alaska, if you want to visit spectacular places, The Yukon Territory and British Columbia are just as good if not better. Plus , you can get married in Vancouver, in a Province so close to us, but so far ahead of us.

    1. Jacob Dugan-Brause 4 Apr 2012, 6:44pm

      Sadly, Phillippe, this gives one more powerful reason why it proved the right decision to leave Alaska five years ago. Not all is well in too many parts of America and this was my home. Was, sadly.

      I wish you and all my friends and family there my love and for those who want to or must stay and fight, be well.

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