Protest Sullivan's Veto Tonight at McGinley's

Update: Bent was unable to attend this event, but Mel was there and wrote about it on Henkimaa.

Stand up for Equality and be Counted: Protest Mayor Sullivan's veto of the equal rights ordinance, tonight in front of McGinley's Pub. Sullivan is part-owner of McGinley's, and the customers should know that he supports discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

McGinley's Pub is in downtown Anchorage at the corner of G Street and 7th Avenue, and the protest begins at 6:30 p.m. After the protest, go get a drink at one of the supportive businesses in Anchorage!

Sullivan vetoed Ordinance 64 on Monday, saying that he saw no evidence of anti-gay discrimination and was following the will of the people. The Anchorage Assembly passed the ordinance 7-4 on Aug 11, after weeks of public hearings showed the need for equal protections.

A spontaneous rally against the Mayor's veto attracted about 100 people to City Hall on Monday. Ordinance supporters held big letters spelling EQUALITY NOW and signs saying, "Anchorage Mayor Supports Discrimination" and "Celebrating 50 Years of Discrimination." The protestors marched down the street to McGinley's Pub, chanting "Equal Rights Now" and "United We Stand, Divided We Fall."

Two short videos of Monday's protest, taken by Chris N., are posted below:

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