Monday, August 17, 2009

Spirit of '76

A chip off the old block

More wonderful insights from the great state of Alaska. The mayor of Anchorage on Monday vetoed a ban against discrimination based on sexual orientation, saying it was unclear that such discrimination existed(!!!). The mayor, Dan Sullivan, a Republican who took office on July 1, added that “the vast majority of those who communicated their position on the ordinance are in opposition." (I wonder what kind of rights the "vast majority" of his constituents think blacks and other non-Palin types deserve.)

The Times reports: The Assembly’s approval of the ordinance, a topic of impassioned public debate at its meetings for much of the summer, followed decades of efforts to pass similar measures. Sullivan’s father, George Sullivan, who also served as mayor, vetoed an initial proposal in 1976. Then, as now, the ordinance met with vocal opposition among Christian conservatives.

And then, without even a hint of irony, the Rev. Jerry Prevo, pastor of the Anchorage Baptist Temple and a leader of the measure's opponents said: "This ordinance was going to force small-business owners particularly to accommodate people who choose a certain lifestyle. Once you give special rights to homosexuals, then the next step is you legalize homosexual marriage and so forth.”

And suddenly it was 1976 all over again. ...


Anonymous said...

If the reasoning for the veto was that such discrimination didn't exist then why not sign it? It would affect no one according to his logic...
And if it does exist, why is he allowing it to continue?


Anonymous said...

Because, and I am an Anchorage gay man, Mr. Sullivan is a douche bag without an original thought of his own. Never had it. Never done it. Never will!