August 24, 2016 at 2:15 pm EST | by Staff reports
Juneau approves nondiscrimination ordinance
Juneau, gay news, Washington Blade

Juneau, Alaska (Photo by Alan Wu; courtesy Flickr)

JUNEAU, Alaska — Lawmakers in Alaska’s capital city on Aug. 22 approved a nondiscrimination ordinance that would include sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Juneau Assembly approved the measure by an 8-1 margin. The Juneau Empire, a local newspaper, reported roughly 70 people who support the ordinance marched to Juneau City Hall before the vote.

Two people testified against the ordinance, which will take effect in 30 days.

“This is truly a historic night for Juneau,” said Jenny Jahn, chair of the Southeast Alaska Gay and Lesbian Alliance, in a press release the Human Rights Campaign released.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska also applauded the ordinance’s passage.

“Treating others as we all want to be treated is what Alaska is about,” said Joshua A. Decker, the group’s executive director.

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