The Juneau Assembly on Monday approved an LGBT protections ordinance.

According to the Juneau 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 ordinance.”