Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Battle Goes On

Once again it is going to a ballot where you know they will use lies, fear, and innuendos against us.
Campaign forming to defend Anchorage LGBT anti-discrimination law
Anchorage Dispatch News
By Devin Kelly
January 8, 2016

As Anchorage’s new law barring discrimination against gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people faces a repeal effort, a campaign to defend it is taking shape.

A group calling itself “Fair Anchorage” registered with the Alaska Public Offices Commission this week and listed Joshua Decker, executive director of the ACLU of Alaska, as its chair.

The Pride Foundation, Alaskans Together For Equality and Christians for Equality are among the other backers of what will be called the “Fair Anchorage” campaign, said Josh Hemsath of the Pride Foundation. Hemsath said the campaign will be designed to educate voters about the Anchorage law regardless of whether a referendum appears on the city ballot in April.

The Anchorage Assembly passed the law 9-2 in October, making it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Right now they are arguing over the wording of the ballot question,
City attorneys are arguing the referendum should ask voters whether the law should “be repealed,” or a “yes” vote to repeal. A December memo cited past examples on city ballots, and said voters were confused by the phrasing in the labor law referendum.

Wilson, in a letter to the clerk's office, said requiring voters to vote "yes" to repeal the law was "counterintuitive" and would cause confusion.

The referendum supporters can't gather voter signatures — 5,754 are required — until the ballot language is resolved. According to an updated election calendar released Friday by the city clerk’s office, the recommended date for the submission of petition signatures for a referendum is Jan. 21.
Back when our founding fathers were writing the Constitution they realized that they needed something to protect the rights of minorities from the tyranny of the majority and they came up with the Bill of Rights but it was limited. When they wrote Bill of Rights, women and blacks were still property. When a woman married she gave over all the rights that she had to her husband. It took an act of Congress to give blacks their rights and it took another act of Congress for women to get their right to vote.

Do you think blacks would ever have their equal rights is it was left to ballot initiatives, do you think that the southern states would ever have passed equal rights laws for them?

When you have a ballot question what you have is mob rule where fear of the unknown governs the vote not an informed electorate.

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