It has been more than 35 years since George M. Sullivan, the former mayor of Anchorage, vetoed a bill passed by the city assembly that would have extended basic civil protections to LGBT people. It has been three years since his son, Dan, the current mayor, vetoed a similar bill. On Tuesday, supporters of LGBT equality in Alaska’s largest city took the issue out of the mayor’s hands — but the end result appeared likely to be the same. In a citywide ballot measure, voters were overwhelmingly rejecting language, known as Proposition 5, that would have added protections for people regardless of “sexual orientation or transgender identity” to the city’s civil rights laws.
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