Assembly candidate Q&A: Should city law prohibit discrimination in housing or employment against gay or lesbian residents?

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Q: Should city law prohibit discrimination in housing or employment against gay or lesbian residents?

District 2: Seat A

Chugiak/Eagle River

Amy Demboski: I believe in personal and property rights; therefore I think people have a right to rent to, or hire, who they feel is the best fit for them.

Peter Mulcahy: Our current laws provide adequate protections for equal housing and employment for all. No further protections are required. Each time a law is passed to protect a class of people it by definition discriminates against others.

Bob Lupo: I don't think we should have a law to prohibit discrimination. On a personal level, I believe we are all entitled to like or dislike whomever we choose. On a business level, I strongly believe that a business owner is the only one who should decide who he wants to employ, or to whom he wants to rent.

District 3: Seat D

West Anchorage

Ernie Hall: Absolutely.

Nick Moe: Yes. I find it disappointing that in 2013 this is a serious candidate question.

District 3: Seat E

West Anchorage

Cheryl Frasca: No one should be discriminated against.

Phil Isley: I don't think that is a problem or that the city could enforce it. Why would you want to live in a hostile environment in the first place?

Tim Steele: Yes

District 4: Seat F

Midtown Anchorage

Andy Clary: The people have spoken at the ballot box and agree that Anchorage is already a tolerant city. Now the evidence confirms it. Nationally known author and speaker Richard Florida recently stated that Anchorage is at the top of the list of tolerant cities in the nation. Any change to the city's discrimination law should be put before the voters to decide.

Dick Traini: Anchorage citizens deserve equal access to employment and housing opportunities. This is a basic American right.

District 5: Seat H

East Anchorage

Paul Honeman: Yes: Discrimination is in poor taste and should not be allowed against any citizen in our municipality.

District 6: Seat J

South Anchorage

Jennifer Johnston: Yes