The Juneau Assembly on Monday approved
an LGBT protections ordinance.
According to the
Empire, the measure, which protects LGBT residents when
seeking housing or employment, cleared the chamber with an 8-1vote.
Assembly member Jerry Nankervis said that he voted against the
measure because he disagrees with its implementation. Nankervie said
that he agreed with the ordinance in principle.
Juneau is the second Alaska city after
Anchorage to approve such a measure. More than 100 cities nationwide
and 19 states have similar non-discrimination protections.
The Southeast Alaska Gay and Lesbian
Alliance (SEAGLA), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alaska
and Human Rights Campaign (HRC) supported passage of the ordinance.
“This is truly a historic night for
Juneau,” said Jenny Jahn, chair of SEAGLA. “Our Assembly, lead by
Deputy Mayor Jesse Kiehl, made a bold statement supporting equality
and fairness in our community. This sends a clear message to Juneau
residents, visitors, and those who are considering moving here: In
Juneau, you will find a community that respects and values diversity,
where you can attain whatever you dream, and where you will be judged
based on your character, your behavior and work ethic, not on the
color of your skin, your age, or who you love.”
“All Alaskans, including LGBTQ
people, deserve to be able to live their lives and raise their
families free from unjust and unfair discrimination,” said HRC
National Field Director Marty Rouse. “We are incredibly proud to
have worked side-by-side with local advocates in Juneau to pass these
crucially important non-discrimination protections into law. The
incredibly positive and robust discussion proves that Juneau is a
welcoming and inclusive community. We are also very thankful for
Deputy Mayor Kiehl’s thoughtful leadership in sponsoring this