Local group 'Citizens for Property Rights' holds event on proposed controversial Fairbanks equal rights law

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A presentation and discussion was held over the weekend regarding the controversial equal right ordinance, created by the Fairbanks City Council.
Citizens for Property Rights held the event to address how LGBTQ issues are impacting constitutional rights, specifically looking at the question, 'Is the LGBTQ movement destroying your constitutional rights?'
The ordinance was created with the intent to protect many groups of residents including those who are LGBTQ and has sparked conversations about constitutional rights versus civil rights.
Former Assemblyman Lance Roberts spoke at the event - he believes other areas of the country are examples of how an ordinance like this could affect Fairbanks.
“You don't have to guess about where this ordinance will lead Fairbanks, there's been tons of evidence out there in the lower 48, and it's been going all over the place, even in Anchorage, we have issues, so you know exactly what's going to happen, it's just a matter of timing,” Roberts said.
Hayden Nevill, founder of Gender Pioneers, a transgender support and advocacy group, also attended the event. He said the point of this ordinance is to ensure equal rights for all, not to take away rights from others.
"I don't want any of my neighbors to be afraid ensuring I have equal rights means that their rights are going to be taken away, because that's not what we're talking about," Nevill said.
One of the fears brought up was that it will open business owners up to more litigation - and that they won't be able to fire employees for fear of being sued for discrimination.
"We certainly believe that if someone is not performing well at a job, they can be fired, we're just asking that they're not fired because they're gay or trans," Nevill added.
But Roberts said that he does not believe there is a pattern of discrimination towards any group in Fairbanks, including LGBT residents.
"Trying to address a problem that's happening in individual instances with an overall government solution, generally causes more problems than it solves," Roberts said.
Around 30 people attended the event with both side of the issue represented. Former assembly member, Kathryn Dodge and Mayor Matherly were present, as well.
The Fairbanks City Council are scheduled to hold three more workshops in the beginning of February regarding this ordinance before voting on it.