Offensive Ads Threaten Alaska’s Equal Rights Initiative
Today, supporters of Proposition 5 (“Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative”) released a response ad to the opposition group depicting unacceptably offensive and distorted cartoon ads of gay and transgender individuals. On April 3, voters will decide if Proposition 5, or the “Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative,” should become law. The question on the ballot asks: “Shall the current Municipal Code sections providing legal protections against discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age, physical disability, and mental disability be amended to include protections on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender identity?”
In the last two weeks, ads paid for and produced by those opposing Proposition 5—Jim Minnery, “Protect Your Rights”, and Glenn Clary and Jerry Prevo’s Anchorage Baptist Temple’s “Protect your Freedoms” have made false claims about the legal effects of Proposition 5. Moreover, the TV versions of these ads contain highly offensive cartoon imagery which seeks to dehumanize and demean our transgender friends, family and neighbors.
The Yes On Proposition 5 – One Anchorage campaign has called for the offensive ads opposing Proposition 5 to be removed from all broadcast and internet media immediately.
Check out positive and negative ads after the jump…