ALASKA: Anchorage Assembly Member To Introduce LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance With Religious Loopholes

The ugly battle for local LGBT protections in Alaska’s largest city has been going on for years. Today we get news of another attempt, this time with apparently broad carve-outs for religious beliefs. Via Alaska Dispatch News:

Anchorage Assembly member Bill Evans has introduced a local ordinance to expand protections under they city’s equal rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Evans’ measure, rekindling a debate that has polarized the community in the past, was contained in a draft copy provided Thursday to Alaska Dispatch News. The ordinance would make it illegal in Anchorage to discriminate against any person based on sexual orientation or gender in employment, public accommodations and housing. But unlike similar legislation in the past, Evans’ measure also includes religious-based exemptions for individuals and institutions. Some socially conservative religious leaders have objected to previous efforts to expand equal rights protections to gays, lesbians and transgendered people, though other churches and synagogues actively supported those measures without a religious exemption.

Evans, a Republican, describes himself as one the more conservative members of the Anchorage Assembly, so it’s possible that his bill is meant to preempt a bill without religious loopholes. We’ll have to see if local LGBT groups endorse this bill.

PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Over the screams of local haters, the Anchorage Assembly first approved a broad LGBT rights bill in August 2009, but it was vetoed days later by then-Mayor Dan Sullivan, who just left office last month. The Assembly then declined to attempt to override the mayor’s veto. Late in 2011 activists managed to qualify a new LGBT rights bill for a public referendum, sending the local Catholic Church, NOM, and Alliance Defending Freedom into overdrive with nasty websites and a truly foul anti-trans video campaign. In April 2012 the referendum failed by a 58-42 margin after local Christian groups pulled a dirty trick regarding voter registration. Despite loud calls for a voter fraud investigation, including claims by the ACLU that anti-gay groups had encouraged non-Anchorage residents to vote, the Assembly voted against any formal inquiry.

Here are the anti-trans ads from 2012.

  • BearEyes

    Religious carve-outs in an anti-discrimination bill are nothing more than legalised discrimination that’s been codified.

    • safari2bongaloo

      Yes, but it does put an star next to every violation that can be used later to leverage removal of the exception… especially if they are egregious.

      • another_steve

        Well said.

        We as a movement need to proceed smartly and logistically. Give the theofascists all the loopholes they demand. Whatever makes them and their gods happy.

        Get the damn thing passed, and clean it up later.

    • SockMikey

      Can you imagine bills that included religious opt-outs for other groups that were denied their rights to voting, housing, employment, education and equal participation in American society in the past?

      Their advancement also was opposed by many based on religious beliefs and the bible.

      Despite not having these opt-outs now they still face discrimination on various fronts.

      I look forward to a day when our government is truly representative of it’s diverse population.

      Sadly, I don’t know if I’ll see that in my lifetime and it may depend on older generations dying out. And newer generations seeing that those advances did not bring on the apocalypse or rapture and not buying and drinking the Kool-Aid being sold via religious “stands”.

    • Steverino

      Yes, in the public sphere it is a de-facto establishment of religion (religious hegemony, to be precise), and is thus an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment.

  • crewman

    This sounds like the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell compromise. It might be better to skip it.

  • Bill_Perdue

    He can just model it on the Democrats Equality Act or their ENDA, both of which pander to the cults and the political right. That’s because the DP is part of the political right.

    • JT

      More Stalinist bullshit from Puddinhead Perdue.

      • Bill_Perdue

        Why do you lie so much. Is it because you just can’t help yourself. Why do Democrats always include religious exemptions?

        As usual you and HRC are on the same page. Sick.

        Equality Act “It does not change the religious exemptions already in place in federal law. Those religious entities that are currently exempt will remain exempt, with regard to expressing a preference for people of their faith in employment, under Sections 702(a) and 703(e) of Title VII) and for the sale, rental, or occupancy of a dwelling owned by a religious organization for non-commercial purposes (under Section 3607 of the Fair Housing Act) will remain allowed to do so.” http://www.lambdalegal.org/publications/20150723_equality-act-faq

        ENDA “ENDA’s religious exemption … consists of three parts:

        A complete exemption for houses of worship, parochial and similar religious schools, and missions

        A codification of the so-called “ministerial exemption” recognized by many federal courts, exempting positions at religious organizations that involve the teaching or spreading religion, religious governance, or the supervision of individuals engaged in these activities

        A provision allowing religious organizations, for classes of jobs, to require employees and applicants to conform to a declared set of significant religious tenets, including ones which would bar LGBT people from holding the position. http://www.civilrights.org/lgbt/enda/religious-exemption.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

        • MattM

          Bill, will you marry me? I want to make an honest fella out of you. Stop stalling and reciprocate, damnit!

          OUR LOVE IS LIKE RAIN

          • Octavio

            Can I be a bridesmaid? 🙂

          • Bill_Perdue

            “Since President Obama has been in office, over two million people have been deported from the United States. That’s more than under George W. Bush in eight years and more than double Bill Clinton’s number. It’s more than any President, ever.

            Why has he been doing this? Because President Obama wanted to prove to Congress that he wasn’t “soft on immigration,” in the hopes that they would pass comprehensive immigration reform. So far, that plan hasn’t worked out too well.

            Congress has only stepped up calls for enforcement-only immigration reform. In fact, some members of Congress have stated that they won’t support comprehensive reform because they’re afraid the President won’t enforce the law.

            So we need to pull the plug on this false bargain now. This historic and shameful milestone can be a turning point if we join together and tell President Obama that it’s time to end his support for enforcement-only policies that separate families through unnecessary deportations.

            With so many American households made up of a mix of U.S. citizens and permanent or undocumented residents, the millions of deportations carried out in the past five years have torn apart countless families.

            Let’s stand together and tell President Obama enough is enough: end the mass deportation of immigrants and ensure basic due process protections.

            https://www.aclu.org/secure/president_obama_deportations?sid=2172652

          • JT

            A good stiff one might loosen up the constipated “thought” patterns.

          • MattM

            Thanks for reminding me of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYgPKseGBuc

          • JT

            But in this case, the room would be full of the stuff.

          • Robincho

            And if that doesn’t work, try having a drink…

          • Bill_Perdue

            He can just model it on the Democrats Equality Act or their ENDA, both of which pander to the cults and the political right. That’s because the DP is part of the political right

          • Bill_Perdue

            He can just model it on the Democrats Equality Act or their ENDA, both of which pander to the cults and the political right. That’s because the DP is part of the political right.

          • JT

            The Anchorage proposal is much worse than Enda. But not surprisingly you can’t see that.

          • Bill_Perdue

            It’s the same as the Democrats Equality Act or their ENDA, both of which pander to the cults and the political right.

            That’s because the DP is part of the political right. Democrats gave us DOMA and DADT. That’s why you like them. Republicans are just as bad.

          • JT

            No, it’s not the same. But your feeble mind can’t tell the difference.

          • Bill_Perdue

            It’s the same as the Democrats Equality Act or their ENDA, both of which pander to the cults and the political right.

            That’s because the DP is part of the political right. Democrats gave us DOMA and DADT. That’s why you like them. Republicans are just as bad

          • JT

            Yes, it’s clear that you don’t have the intellectual wherewithal to tell the difference.

          • Bill_Perdue

            It’s the same as the Democrats Equality Act or their ENDA, both of which pander to the cults and the political right.

            That’s because the DP is part of the political right. Democrats gave us DOMA and DADT. That’s why you like them so much. Republicans are just as bad.

          • JT

            Yes, it’s clear that you don’t have the intellectual wherewithal to tell the difference, Mr. Roboto.

          • Bill_Perdue

            You like Democrats because they gave us DADT and DOMA.

          • JT

            Yes, it’s clear that you don’t have the intellectual wherewithal to tell the difference, Mr. Roboto.

          • Bill_Perdue

            You like Democrats because they gave us DADT and DOMA

          • JT

            Yes, it’s clear that you don’t have the intellectual wherewithal to tell the difference, Mr. Roboto.

        • JT

          Blah blah blah blah. You are intellectually incapable of understanding a complex thought or argument.

          • Bill_Perdue

            I can understand that voting for democrats enables bigotry and that at best you’re a bigot enabler.

          • JT

            Says the operative who would enable the wingnuts to win at every election! You are pure hypocrisy.

          • Bill_Perdue

            When Democrats or Republicans run rightwingers win no matter the outcome. You and your Republican brothers and sisters are the enemies of working people. Why do you vote for bigots like HRH HRC?

            “Hillary Clinton evolved on same-sex marriage within the first 72 hours of her presidential run, as her campaign said Wednesday that the former secretary of state now backs marriage equality as a US constitutional right.

            The about-face, dropped as Clinton was preparing the second of two progressive-leaning appearances in Iowa, represents a significant – if not completely unexpected – shift from her previous statements that same-sex marriage should be legislated state-by-state rather than on the federal level.” http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/15/hillary-clinton-gay-marriage-presidential-campaign?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

          • Bill_Perdue

            You never had one. You’re just a PR shill for the Clintons, who gave us DADT and DOMA.

            “The bill moved through Congress on a legislative fast track and met with overwhelming approval in both houses of the Republican-controlled Congress, passing by a vote of 85–14 in the Senate and a vote of 342–67 in the House. Democrat Senators voted for the bill 32 to 14 and Democrat Representatives voted for it 188 to 65, with 15 not participating. All Republicans in both houses voted for the bill with the sole exception of the one openly gay Republican congressman, Rep. Steve Gunderson of Wisconsin. ” (Excerpted from Wiki)

            Clinton hurriedly signed the bill and his campaign committee placed this ad with southern and mid-western redneck radio stations “Protecting religious freedom. It’s the foundation of our nation. When the Justice Department went after a church to gather the parishioners’ tithing money, the government was stopped cold because President Clinton overturned the government’s policy and protected us. It’s not the only time he’s defended our values…President Clinton wants a complete ban on late term abortions except when the mother’s life is in danger or faces severe health risks, such as the inability to have another child. The President signed the Defense of Marriage Act, supports curfews and school uniforms to teach our children discipline. President Clinton has fought for our values and America is better for it. Paid for by Clinton/Gore 96″

            Commenting on Clinton’s ad CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder said:

            “One reason the Rick Warren thing is a big deal is because, after Bill Clinton, the gay community is unusually sensitive to getting the shorter angle of presidential triangulation. It is hard to overstate the optimism and excitement that gays and lesbians felt in 1992. But the optimism deflated spectacularly after “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act, not to mention President Clinton’s sneaky 1996 ad boasting about DOMA, which aired only on Christian radio. Clinton was willing to say the word “gay” in public and appear in black tie at the Human Rights Campaign dinner, but, in the eyes of the gay political community, his commitment to gay rights vanished both times it counted most.” http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-4675355-503544.html

          • JT

            See what I mean?

          • Bill_Perdue

            You’re a very minor PR shill for the Clintons, who gave us DADT and DOMA.”

            Through all of her years in Washington, Clinton has been an active participant in conservative Bible study and prayer circles that are part of a secretive Capitol Hill group known as the Fellowship. Her collaborations with right-wingers such as Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) grow in part from that connection. ” … Clinton’s prayer group was part of the Fellowship (or “the Family”) … The Fellowship believes that the elite win power by the will of God, who uses them for his purposes. Its mission is to help the powerful understand their role in God’s plan. …With Santorum, Clinton co-sponsored the Workplace Religious Freedom Act… http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2007/09/hillarys-prayer-hillary-clintons-religion-and-politics?page=3

          • JT

            Nothing new here. You’re as muddle-headed as ever.

          • Bill_Perdue

            How much do the Koch Brothers pay you to make all Democrats look bad. It’s not enough. You’re very good at it.

          • JT

            You’re getting crazier and more hallucinatory. Are you off your meds? Losing is what you prescribe with your recommendations for giving over the country to wingnuts.

          • Bill_Perdue

            How much do the Koch Brothers pay you to make all Democrats look bad. It’s not enough. You’re very good at it.

          • JT

            Time for some anti-psychotics for you.

          • Bill_Perdue

            How much do the Koch Brothers pay you to make all Democrats look bad. It’s not enough. You’re very good at it.

            Except that like all obsessive personalities, you’re very boring.

          • JT

            You’ve been off meds too long. You’re hallucinating.

          • Bill_Perdue

            How much do the Koch Brothers pay you to make all Democrats look bad. It’s not enough. You’re very good at it.

            Except that like all obsessive personalities, you’re very boring.

          • JT

            Take your meds. Your delusions are continuing.

          • Bill_Perdue

            How much do the Koch Brothers pay you to make all Democrats look bad. It’s not enough. You’re very good at it.

            Except that like all obsessive personalities, you’re very boring.

          • JT

            You’re delusional. Take your meds.

          • Bill_Perdue

            How much do the Koch Brothers pay you to make all Democrats look bad. It’s not enough. You’re very good at it.

            Except that like all obsessive personalities, you’re very boring.

            “Take Hillary Clinton. Earlier this month, she said, “there can be no justification or tolerance for this kind of criminal behavior” that has been seen on Wall Street. She added that “while institutions have paid large fines and in some cases admitted guilt, too often it has seemed that the human beings responsible get off with limited consequences or none at all, even when they have already pocketed the gains.” Her campaign echoed the message with an email to supporters lauding Clinton for saying that “when Wall Street executives commit criminal wrongdoing, they deserve to face criminal prosecution.”

            Clinton’s outrage sounds convincing at first—but then, audacity-wise, it starts to seem positively Trump-like when cross-referenced with campaign finance reports, foundation donations and speaking fees.

            According to an Associated Press analysis, Clinton has already raked in more than $1.6 million worth of campaign contributions from donors in the same financial sector she is slamming on the campaign trail. Additionally, Clinton’s foundation took $5 million worth of donations from at least nine financial institutions that secured special deals to avoid prosecution—even as they admitted wrongdoing. The Clintons also accepted nearly $4 million in speaking fees from those firms since 2009.

            Oh, and that anti-Wall Street email from Clinton’s campaign? It was authored by Clinton aide Gary Gensler, a onetime Goldman Sachs executive who later became a government officialhttp://www.truthdig.com/report/item/more_2016_candidates_embrace_the_donald_trump_zeitgeistincluding_hillary

          • JT

            You’re raving. Take your meds.

    • MattM

      Blah blah blah.

      Bill, shut up and kiss me! You keep beating around the bush. Beat around my bush! Stop denying our love for one another. I know you don’t want to commit because you’re scared. But you don’t have to be. I promise to treasure you always. Now come cuddle 🙂

  • Daniel

    So it’s a law that says you can’t discriminate unless you want to discriminate, then you can discriminate.

    • TampaDink

      Yes. And best of all, you can legally discriminate indiscriminately.

      • Daniel

        …as long as you’re doing so because sincerely-held religious delusions.

        • TampaDink

          As for me, all of my beliefs are of the most sinserious kind. ☺

    • TexPlant

      then who is really protected…wait I get it the religious freaks

    • SockMikey

      Daniel,

      This reminds me of how some parents use religion to deny medical treatment to their children, blood transfusions and vaccinations and believe in praying away illness and disease that science sometimes can easily address (like simple antibiotics).

      Much like the snake handlers, religious extremists will chalk it up to a deficiency of belief and then sometimes say that it was god’s will and that person is now with god.

      I saw many such comments on the link to the story of the guy that tried to fast for 40 days saying he’s now with god.

      They also mentally and physically abuse their children and can sometimes cast them out in the name of those religious beliefs.

      • GayEGO

        Well! Are you saying I have to get my children vaccinated if I put them in public places such as schools? I will just keep them at home and fill them with my religious hoopla to cure them! :>)

    • Gerry Fisher

      Hey, as long as it *feels* really, really RIGHT to you, then *go* for it!

  • Chris Baker

    is it possible that these bills could pass, then the exemptions challenged and that part thrown out, leaving a non-discrimination act? Yea, some time and court battles and cost.

    • Stev84

      Sometimes they protect against that with non-severability clauses. Also somewhat doubtful given the way religious freedom has been expanded beyond all reason lately.

  • Stev84

    There is no point in laws that exempt the people who LGBTs need the most protection from.

    • Chucktech

      Actually, if the law does what the law is supposed to do, it really does [should] protect us. See examples of christian bakers, florists, and photographers getting their comeuppance.

      • BobSF_94117

        Those cases were under laws quite different from what is proposed in Anchorage. The Anchorage proposal is designed to protect the bakers, etc.

  • JT

    So: it’s all right to discriminate if some hateful fuck says god told him to hate.

    Yeah, that’s progress.

    • Bill_Perdue

      It is for bigot enabling Democrats and their Republican allies.

      • JT

        More likely for Stalinists like you and christofascists.

        • AtticusP

          Hey look everybody! Bill’s popped by to shit all over everything.

          • JT

            You must say “Your Highness” to the king of shit.

            https://drawception.com/pub/panels/2012/4-9/3FErGpgnqR-8.png

          • Octavio

            I smelled the tell-tale odor of troll shit earlier, but thought it was just that other annoying troll who posts to make himself feel special. But now the odor is substantially stronger.

          • Bill_Perdue

            Irrelevant, as always.

          • JT

            Yes, we know he doesn’t measure up to your hero Stalin.

          • Bill_Perdue

            You’re a supporter of racism, wars and union busting, and you’re a political thug.
            I’m a revolutionary socialist.

            We despise rightists like you. ” While Hillary Clinton has demurred over her position on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, her campaign has partnered with a pro-TPP law and lobby firm to raise money. … Clinton’s campaign held a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday with the political action committee of a law firm called McGuireWoods. Lobby registration documents reveal that a subsidiary of the group lobbies on behalf of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest producer of pork, to pass both the TPP and “fast track”—a special presidential mandate that nearly eliminates Congress’ role in crafting trade legislation. Despite mounting pressure to take a position, Clinton has only provided non-commital answers regarding her stance on both TPP and TPA. http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/hillary_clinton_fundraises_with_pro-tpp_law_firm_20150619

          • JT

            You are a lying operative for the right wing who would love to see a wingnut takeover of the country.

            http://www.pkgbranding.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/PerdueMonstersU01.jpg

          • Bill_Perdue

            You’re a right wing jackass who likes Democrat rightists to win.

            “Take Hillary Clinton. Earlier this month, she said, “there can be no justification or tolerance for this kind of criminal behavior” that has been seen on Wall Street. She added that “while institutions have paid large fines and in some cases admitted guilt, too often it has seemed that the human beings responsible get off with limited consequences or none at all, even when they have already pocketed the gains.” Her campaign echoed the message with an email to supporters lauding Clinton for saying that “when Wall Street executives commit criminal wrongdoing, they deserve to face criminal prosecution.”

            Clinton’s outrage sounds convincing at first—but then, audacity-wise, it starts to seem positively Trump-like when cross-referenced with campaign finance reports, foundation donations and speaking fees.

            According to an Associated Press analysis, Clinton has already raked in more than $1.6 million worth of campaign contributions from donors in the same financial sector she is slamming on the campaign trail. Additionally, Clinton’s foundation took $5 million worth of donations from at least nine financial institutions that secured special deals to avoid prosecution—even as they admitted wrongdoing. The Clintons also accepted nearly $4 million in speaking fees from those firms since 2009.

            Oh, and that anti-Wall Street email from Clinton’s campaign? It was authored by Clinton aide Gary Gensler, a onetime Goldman Sachs executive who later became a government officialhttp://www.truthdig.com/report/item/more_2016_candidates_embrace_the_donald_trump_zeitgeistincluding_hillary

          • JT

            Everyone sees through you now, Puddinhead.

          • Bill_Perdue

            You support war, racism and union busting. Why are you like that? What’s wrong with you? Can’t you help yourself or do they pay to be a spokesmodel for the right?

          • JT

            You know nothing about anyone you make up lies about. You are a user of the Hitlerian big lie and everyone sees that. You support actions that would hand the country over to wingnuts. You are a disgrace and a waste of time.

          • Bill_Perdue

            You support war, racism and union busting. Why are you like that? What’s wrong with you? Can’t you help yourself or do they pay to be a spokesmodel for the right? Why do you vote for rightists like the Clintons and Obama. That’s sick.

            Through all of her years in Washington, Clinton has been an active participant in conservative Bible study and prayer circles that are part of a secretive Capitol Hill group known as the Fellowship. Her collaborations with right-wingers such as Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) grow in part from that connection. ” … Clinton’s prayer group was part of the Fellowship (or “the Family”) … The Fellowship believes that the elite win power by the will of God, who uses them for his purposes. Its mission is to help the powerful understand their role in God’s plan. …With Santorum, Clinton co-sponsored the Workplace Religious Freedom Act… http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2007/09/hillarys-prayer-hillary-clintons-religion-and-politics?page=3

          • GayEGO

            OK Mr. Watson! :>)

      • MattM

        Nope it’s for trolls like you to express yourselves

      • BobSF_94117

        How much does the RNC pay you?

        • Bill_Perdue

          The RNC hates me for the same reason Democrats hate me – I oppose Obama’s torture of Chelsea Manning, I oppose border racism, I don’t like it when zionists armed by the US murder children by the hundreds, and I oppose Obama chickenshit $10.10 minimum wage. Neither like me because I support and help build unions.

          Democrats like you and your Republican brothers and sisters are the same. “There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt — until recently … and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties.” Gore Vidal.

          You’re just another Republican in drag.

          • b

            Wow, “Bill.” You are some fictional character. You are a commie! They don’t exist. And if they did exist, they are holed up in Montana with CONSERVATIVE leanings.

          • Bill_Perdue

            The Clintons made the financial sector even richer, and in return, the financial sector made the Clintons go from being in debt when they lived in the White House to being in the top .01% of all American income earners. From deregulation of the big banks, to tightening personal bankruptcy laws, to supporting unfair and unfettered bailouts, the Clintons, to steal a phrase from Donna Summer, “worked hard for the money.”

            Yet Wall Street needs to ensure that the symbiotic relationship continues by bringing the Clintons back into power. That can’t be done by paying large speaking fees alone.

            Although Hillary has been cast in the media as running to the left by altering her previous positions on an array of social issues, her fundraising base is virtually the same as in 2008. In 2008, one of her first financiers was Alan Patricoff, a private equity kingpin who was critical of government regulations put in place after the Enron scandal. This year, Patricof is again a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. While she talks about representing “everyday Americans,” it is estimated she raised a million dollars from just three fundraisers in New York City, one of them at the home of Steve Rattner, a financier who had to pay $10 million as part of a settlement related to kickbacks (he also campaigns to cut Social Security and Medicare).” “http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/clintons-made-wall-street-richer-and-it-returned-favor

  • Mark

    Fuck religion. I’m sick of this bullshit. Equal rights are equal rights.

  • Hue-Man

    I would allow one religious exemption for actual churches, not schools, hospitals, etc, and in exchange they would agree to full taxation – property taxes, local income and sales taxes.

    Reasonable compromise.

    • BearEyes

      or to put it another way, eliminate all investment and commercial property.

    • Chucktech

      Oh, I’m sure they’ll go along with that…

      • Hue-Man

        I agree but why do progressives/liberals always start negotiations by conceding everything that the other side – here the gay-haters – wants? Worse, there may not be opportunities to go back and legislate fewer religious exemptions, particularly if the precedent is total capitulation to the Talibangelicals.

        The context is important, too, because so many Americans believe that anti-discrimination legislation is already in force. Many voters don’t need convincing to do the right thing.

    • GayEGO

      and NO FARTING IN SUNDAY SCHOOL! :>)

  • MattM

    Equality for all, except extra equality for Christians. Because we’re supposedly a secular society, in theory.

  • MrRobotoLA

    So no one’s allowed to discriminate except for those most likely to discriminate? Makes perfect sense.

    • Blake Jordan

      They are exempting >99% of the perpetrators of discrimination!!!

  • delk

    You have a very shitty god if you need to resort to voter fraud in his name.

    • SockMikey

      Justifying that what they are doing is righteous because they believe they know what their god wants for Amerika.

  • bkmn

    This is going to become a trend. This way the haterz get to say they pushed anti-discrimination laws, even if they are filled with exemptions bigger than tRump’s ego. These laws are probably all coming from ALEC and will provide zero comfort to the LGBT community.

  • TexPlant

    so religious exemptions apply to just LGBT? Sure sounds like discrimination to me no matter how you sprinkle imaginary Jeebus-Dust all over it.

  • Mike in Texas

    No need to expand religious protections beyond what has worked well for quite a long time.

  • BeaverTales

    Bill Evans-why am I not surprised?

    This clown again? He’s my newly elected assembly member in Anchorage, unfortunately. Will look for all the dirt I can.

    I’ve got ‘Flying Monkeys’ too….

    I’ll make sure to give him Hell when I get home.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Oh, noes! Poor, blond Steve!

  • Gordon.

    This is disgusting. It allows every homophobe to claim a religious exemption when they refuse to provide gay people with any and all public accommodations, whether it’s a wedding cake, a hotel room, or a seat at the lunch counter. It’s a license to discriminate. Period.

  • GunnaHurt

    So it’s a law that you can break if you feel like
    It. Well, that’s useless. Thanks for nothing, assholes. Can we please sell them back to Russia?

  • robirob

    Missionary recruitment made easy.

    Hey, you want to hate on fags but don’t want to suffer legal consequences? Join the strong and superior Christian Church!

  • j.martindale
  • People used Scripture to justify racial segregation. Will they now have “religious freedom” to ignore the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964?

    There is a great deal of animosity toward Muslims among evangelicals these days. Will a Christian business owner have “religious freedom” to turn away Muslim customers now, for fear of “endorsing” Islam?

  • LovesIrony

    You may not discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation, unless you really want to.

  • Blake Jordan

    They should not waste time trying to pass this version of the law.

  • Anchorage is NOT a tolerant community. This bill could very well pass, Anchorage is littered with extreme right wing dings. Life could become harsh for LGBT folks if this passes.