Law Enforcement, Republicans, and 110+ Community Leaders Oppose Prop 1

By March 29, 2018Press Releases
Contact: Kati Ward, Fair Anchorage Campaign Manager, 907-202-6272[email protected]

ANCHORAGE — A nonpartisan group of more than 110 Anchorage community leaders, including a number of Republicans and law enforcement officers, have announced that they oppose Proposition 1, the ballot measure that would repeal Anchorage’s two-year-old transgender nondiscrimination law.

The full list can be found here.

“Proposition 1 is one of the most divisive, harmful initiatives I’ve seen on the ballot in our beloved city,” said Arliss Sturgulewski, a former Republican state Senator who served for nearly 15 years. “Other cities have passed initiatives like Prop 1, and we have seen the consequence: businesses, tourists, and major events went elsewhere. This spring we have a chance to learn from their mistakes. We’ll say loud and clear that although Anchorage is welcoming, we do not welcome discrimination.”

“The Municipality of Anchorage currently has a sensible system of protecting everyone’s right to use public facilities in a manner that is protective of individual privacy and that avoids needless government intrusion into intimate daily personal decisions,” said Bill Evans, former Republican Assembly member, attorney, and author of Anchorage’s nondiscrimination law. “The best proof of this system is that there have been no problems associated with bathroom use the past two years. Do not abandon this common-sense, realistic and workable approach. Vote NO on Prop 1.”

“While backers of Prop. 1 claim they’re advocating for public safety, nothing could be further from the truth,” said Mike Stumbaugh, president of Anchorage Firefighters Union Local 1264. “And in the 200-plus cities and 18 states with laws nearly identical to Anchorage’s nondiscrimination law, the results have been the same: Protecting transgender people is not a threat to public safety — here in Anchorage or anywhere else in the country.”

“If there were public safety problems from the law, I would support changes,” said Paul Honeman, former APD police officer and former Anchorage Assembly member. “But it is extremely clear that Anchorage has not had safety problems from our equality ordinance.”

“Proposition 1 is unethical and unnecessary,” said Andrew Halcro, former Republican state legislator. “I find it absolutely insulting.”

“Proposition 1 is about vilifying a group of people who are different,” said Ron McGee, former spokesperson of the Anchorage Police Department. “We all know these people; they are our sons and daughters, the kid who grew up down the street from us, or that young person who just got hired at your work. I choose to love these people, not make them into outcasts. That’s why I’m voting no against Proposition 1 on April 3.”

“Alaska’s constitution is clear in its emphasis on political, civil and religious liberty and on the individual rights of all Alaskans,” said Vic Fischer, who served in Alaska’s territorial Legislature and its state Senate, was a delegate to the 1955 Alaska Constitutional Convention, and helped author Alaska’s state constitution. “If you, as an Alaskan, agree with Alaska’s fundamental constitutional principles – please vote “no” on Proposition 1.”

Additionally, Medical Park Family Care, one of the city’s oldest, largest, and most respected private health care providers, added its name to more than 30 other businesses, including the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, who are urging voters to vote No on Prop 1.

Earlier this week, the Anchorage Education Association, the second largest organization of teachers in Alaska with more than 3,300 members, announced its opposition to Proposition 1, stating that it would harm students and leave them feeling unsafe in school. More than 40 faith leaders have called the initiative “discriminatory and harmful” to transgender people in Anchorage. Anchorage’s leading experts working on behalf of safety and privacy for women are also opposing Proposition 1.

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