The battle is heating up in Anchorage, Alaska, over a voter initiative that would add “sexual orientation” and “transgender identity” to anti-discrimination language in the city’s municipal code. Homosexual activists insist that Prop 5, which the city’s nearly 300,000 residents will vote on April 3, is a common sense measure that “simply provides to gay and transgender Alaskans the same legal protections that we already provide to other persons in Anchorage in employment, financial practices, housing, and restaurants, department stores, and other businesses,” according to OneAnchorage.com, a website promoting passage of the measure.
But pro-family leaders and legal experts warn that the initiative could endanger the liberties of individuals and groups who are morally opposed to homosexuality and who object to “transgender” behavior. A series of 30-second television ads produced by Prop 5 opponents depict what could happen to morally minded individuals who run afoul of the city’s municipal code if the gay-rights “anti-discrimination” language is added.
One of the spots features “Steve,” who owns a gym in Anchorage. The ad warns that “if Proposition 5 passes Steve will be forced to open the women’s locker room to anyone who claims a female identity.” The ad goes on to show the dilemma business owners like Steve would face under Prop. 5. “If Steve says yes” to transvestite customers tying to crash the women’s dressing room, “he’ll lose customers,” the ad explains. But “if he says no, he can be fined or imprisoned.” The ad emphasizes that “Anchorage is already a tolerant city. Vote ‘No’ on Proposition 5.”
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