March 30, 2018
Over two years ago, the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance allowing biological men into women’s restrooms and vice versa, all under the guise of preventing so-called “discrimination.” There have been only 12 complaints of discrimination; city officials won’t say whether any charges have actually been filed.
While the usefulness of the law remains unverified, the damage to women’s privacy is clear. Anchorage’s Downtown Hope Center, a faith-based shelter for abused and homeless women, is facing the possibility of fines, forced policy changes, and required “non-discrimination” training after it turned away Samantha Coyle, a biological man who identifies as a transgender woman. Coyle filed a complaint with the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission alleging the shelter should be required to open up its doors.
Proposition 1 aims to protect the safety of women and children by restricting intimate facilities — showers, locker rooms, bathrooms, etc. — to members of the same sex. Proposition 1 also protects businesses, churches, and charities by allowing them to set their own policies according to their beliefs and mission.
This referendum is unique in that residents may only vote by mail. Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 3 in order for them to be counted. (For help or answers to questions, click here.)
More and more cases like these will continue to spring up in Anchorage and across the country. We must protect the safety and privacy of women and children. With this vote, voters can help change Anchorage for the better. If you have friends or family living in Anchorage, urge them to vote “yes” on Proposition 1 on Tuesday to protect the safety of women and children!