Alaska Senators Support Anti-Discrimination Bill


by Associated Press

JUNEAU- Alaska's U.S. senators voted with the majority Thursday in approving legislation that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Democratic Sen. Mark Begich called it a matter of fairness. He said it's not right that in some states, people can still be fired for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said discrimination should never be tolerated. She said individuals should be judged on their merits "and not how they look or how they are perceived to be."
The bill would bar employers with at least 15 workers from using someone's sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for employment decisions, including hiring or firing. Religious institutions and the military would be exempt.
The bill's chances in the House are considered iffy.

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Barbara said on Friday, Nov 8 at 1:57 PM

I do not have an issue with the anti discrimination but this bill gives these groups SPECIAL RIGHTS and takes away the FREEDOM of not only the employer to hire who he choices but it doesn't just apply to employment. Like any other legislation it has verbiage that is not in the forefront. Both Mark and Lisa tell you outright they vote "their opinion" not that necessarily that of the majority of their constituents. They both have let Alaskans down.

Dan said on Friday, Nov 8 at 4:50 PM

Pretty common for Begich & Murkowski to vote on something they don't have a complete understanding of. By trying to legislate normalcy into to an indefensibly abnormal behavior, you take the rights away from one person to give it to another. What's going to be next? People that sleep with goats? This and the obamacare debacle will hopefully help Alaskans and Americans rid ourselves of the corruption and incompetence that has surrounded Begich since his early days as assemblyman.

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