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This is the question that 'Protect Your Rights -- Vote No On Five' thinks will win them a majority Tuesday, April 3rd, in Anchorage Alaska on a ballot initiative that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.


There's another, even more outrageous ad which I haven't located ((update: see comments)), but is described by the Wall Street Journal thusly:

In the ads, a cartoon figure of a man with hairy legs and stubble on his face is seen wearing a dress and lipstick and going into a women's bathroom, eliciting screams...
Fortunately the cartoon bigots seem to be losing:
A poll released last week by Dittman Research & Communications of Anchorage showed Proposition 5 winning by a margin of 50% to 41%, with 9% of respondents undecided. The independent poll surveyed 500 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4%.

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The Anchorage City Council passed an anti-discrimination ordinance in 2009, but the Republican Mayor, Dan Sullivan, vetoed it. That prompted supporters to get it on the ballot, where it will be decided along with the Mayoral race.  

Why does Anchorage vote for its Mayor in April? I have no idea, and I'll bet neither do you. But even if they do vote in the wrong season, the view is pretty spectacular. So cut them some slack.

Of course the 'One Anchorage -- Vote Yes on Five' people have been hard at work producing videos:

 -- of real people, not cartoon figures shrieking in bathrooms:



-- and telling stories about real discrimination; not made up dramas about characters dreamt about in Maggie Gallagher's nightmares.
Drew Phoenix, a transgender man, said his application to rent an apartment in Anchorage in 2009 was rejected by three landlords after the landlords learned he was born a girl.

"There was nothing I could do about it, no place I could go," said Mr. Phoenix, 53

Equality mavens will be keeping themselves busy on Tuesday. First in the morning, when Gill, the first DOMA case to reach the Federal Appellate Court level, is to be argued before the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, MA.

And then, long after the nail-biting sleep-inducing drama of the Republican primary in Wisconsin has been resolved, the returns will be melting in from the biggest city in the state which Sarah Palin says is our first line of defense against Putin's head.

Praise the anti-aircraft batteries and Pass Proposition 5.

Originally posted to jpmassar on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 07:37 PM PDT.

Also republished by TransAction.

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