A vote Tuesday on whether Anchorage
should add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Anchorage
Equal Rights Initiative might be close.
Polling conducted by Dittman Research
Communications found that 50 percent of the 500 voters surveyed
support the measure, while 41 percent said they were opposed.
However, 9 percent of respondents said they remain undecided.
If approved, the proposal would
override Mayor Dan Sullivan's 2009 veto of a similar ordinance
approved by the Anchorage Assembly.
A series of ads urging voters to reject
the measure have been criticized by supporters.
“As many people predicted, here in
the last days of the campaign ads on the Internet and Facebook
against Proposition 5 have taken an ugly turn. They depict
unacceptably offensive and intentionally stigmatizing distorted
cartoons of gay and transgender individuals. Such dehumanizing
stereotypes do not represent the values that we share as a
community,” former Governor Tony Knowles said during a press
In one 30-second ad from Protect Your
Rights – Vote No On Prop 5 titled Steve's Gym, a female
narrator says that Prop 5 would force gym owner Steve to “open the
women's locker room to anyone who claims a female identity.” The
cartoon customer is drawn to look like an unshaven, hairy chested man
with pink lipstick and a pony tail.
“If Steve says yes, he'll lose
customers,” the narrator is heard saying. “And if he says no, he
can be fined or imprisoned.” (The video is embedded in the right
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