Rick Mystrom, Jack Roderick, Matt Claman, Tony Knowles and U.S. Sen. Mark Begich approved a referendum which will take place on April 3rd so that discriminations based on sexual orientation and gender identity cease.
Mystrom told The News Tribune "this isn't a Democratic thing or a Republican thing, it's just simply the right thing".
"In order to have a great community, everyone should be treated the same," Roderick said. "That's the essence of democracy and I think, still, the essence of Anchorage."
According to the newspaper, Mayor Dan Sullivan wasn't immediately available for comment. The Anchorage Equal Rights Initiative is similar to another city ordinance passed by the Assembly in 2009. It was vetoed by Sullivan.