Politics & Government

Anchorage Assembly not moving to overturn gay rights veto

The first opportunity for the Anchorage Assembly to override Mayor Dan Sullivan's veto of an ordinance banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation went by Tuesday night without action.

Sullivan vetoed the anti-discrimination ordinance a week ago. Under city law, the Assembly has 21 days from that time to consider an override.

The measure would guarantee equal rights in employment, housing, finance and public accommodations for gays, lesbians and transgender people.

It passed with seven votes in support. Eight are needed to override a veto, and there's no indication anyone has changed his or her mind.

Assembly Chairwoman Debbie Ossiander, considered the most likely swing vote, said before Tuesday night's Assembly meeting that she still opposes the measure as passed on Aug. 11.

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