Anchorage faith leaders took a firm stand against Prop 1 — a ballot measure that would rip away vital protections and enshrine discrimination into law.
Post submitted by Chris Cooke, HRC Western Regional Field Organizer
This week, Anchorage faith leaders took a firm stand against Prop 1 — a ballot measure that would rip away vital protections and enshrine discrimination into law by forcing transgender residents to use facilities that are inconsistent with their gender identity. More than 40 faith leaders from a multitude of denominations took part in yesterday's press conference to affirm their love and support for Anchorage’s transgender community.
This isn’t the first time members of the faith community have come out against Proposition 1, but Wednesday’s press conference is the largest gathering of faith leaders to oppose the hateful proposition.
In a signed statement, the faith leaders made their position clear:
“Our faith is a reflection of the love, kindness and welcome we have received from our Creator. Those fundamental truths extend to all people and all of creation. We find strength and hope for our community in offering hospitality and grace to everyone we meet. And as faith leaders, we are called to take a stand for those who are most marginalized.
We’re proud that Anchorage law extends commonsense non-discrimination protections to everyone. We strongly oppose Proposition 1 – and any attempt to harm the transgender people who call Anchorage home.
Each of us is made in the image of God and deserves compassion – and equal treatment under the law. We call on our fellow clergy – and all people of faith in Anchorage – to join us in voting No on Proposition 1.”
Community leaders across Anchorage continue to speak out against Prop 1. Just last week, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation came out in opposition to Prop 1, saying discrimination was bad for Anchorage’s economy.
Earlier this month, both Anchorage mayoral candidates Rebecca Logan and Ethan Berkowitz also came out against Prop 1, saying, “Opposing discrimination is not a partisan value, it is an Alaskan value.”
These statements echo Dr. Deena Bishop, the superintendent of public schools, who has also voiced her opposition to Prop 1. Bishop said, “Prop 1 will hurt students and our city. We need to make sure everyone knows - and particularly kids - that they are welcome and safe in Anchorage.”
One thing is clear: no one wants to turn their back on the progress made in Anchorage.
Take action with HRC and Fair Anchorage by mobilizing Anchorage voters, who should have already received their ballot in the mail.
On April 3, it is essential that fair-minded voters turn out to defend the city’s non-discrimination ordinance and vote “no” on Prop 1.