The Fairbanks City Council failed to override the mayor’s veto of a controversial civil rights ordinance at their meeting last night. The council then discussed re-working it and trying again in a couple of months. And they did not yet work on a version to put on the municipal ballot in October.
The Fairbanks City Council will conduct three more meeting this week to continue work on a controversial ordinance that’s intended to prohibit discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community and other groups.
Updated: The Fairbanks City Council convened the first of three work sessions today to consider revisions to a proposed ordinance that would bar discrimination against the LGBTQ community and other groups. Supporters of the measure told Mayor Jim Matherly and City Council members on Monday that they’re angry the council postponed approving the ordinance. They said they were harassed by opponents of the measure during the Dec. 10 public hearing and subjected to threatening and obscene images transmitted through a cellphone by someone at the meeting.
Fairbanks City Council members heard more than three hours of testimony Monday from a roomful of supporters and opponents of a proposed ordinance that would add provisions to the City Code prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Supporters of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly rallied on the City Hall steps last night. About 110 people heard positive comments about the city and the mayor, a week after he vetoed a controversial civil rights ordinance.