ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - More than 40 local businesses joined together with "Fair Anchorage," Wednesday, saying that Proposition 1 would be bad for the city and its economy. Supporters of this so-called 'Bathroom Law' say it's meant to protect while people in opposition say the law discriminates.
Similar 'Bathroom Laws' have already had an impact in parts of the lower 48. Fair Anchorage used North Carolina as an example where enforcement of restrooms rules had a negative impact. According to Julie Saupe, the CEO and President of Visit Anchorage, North Carolina is projected to lose nearly $4 billion in the next 10 years as a result of the legislation. Saupe said that she thinks a bathroom law would alienate the city and leave a negative mark on the town.
"Visit Anchorage is concerned that Prop. 1 sends the wrong message to visitors meeting planners and investors. Inclusivity is vital to our ability to compete for business outside," said Saupe.
The Alaska Family Council, who's backing Prop. 1 declined to comment on camera, but told us in a written statement:
"Businesses should have the right to operate according to what they think is best for those they serve. That is what free markets are about. The government should not coerce churches, faith based schools and private enterprise to open their showers and locker rooms to people of the opposite sex."