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  Anchorage Mayor vetoes gay rights ordinance
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Aug 18, 2009 01:06am
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News DateTuesday, August 18, 2009 07:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionMayor Dan Sullivan of Anchorage on Monday vetoed an ordinance banning discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexuals, citing negative comments and arguing that there is no need for the measure.

"My review shows that there is clearly a lack of quantifiable evidence necessitating this ordinance," Sullivan said in a statement. "My review also shows that the vast majority of those who communicated their position on the ordinance are in opposition."

Sullivan, a conservative, was elected earlier this year to succeed Mark Begich as mayor of Alaska's largest city. Begich was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate last November.

The ordinance was adopted last week by the Anchorage Assembly on a 7-4 vote. The legislative body has the power to override a mayoral veto, but eight votes are needed to do so.

Sullivan said he had received almost 2,500 comments as he pondered a veto of the ordinance.

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