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A newly-released “Values Voter Guide” by the Alaska Family Council lets Mat-Su residents know where candidates running for Borough Assembly and Borough School Board stand on abortion, religious liberty and LGBTQ issues. Voters will cast ballots on Nov. 5 in locations around the Mat-Su Valley to select three school board members and two borough assembly members. “There are clear differences in the candidates regarding student privacy, parental rights, religious liberty, abortion funding and other critical...


Anchorage officials cannot force a faith-based women’s shelter in Anchorage to admit biological males in its overnight facility. This comes after Anchorage officials dropped a complaint against the Downtown Hope Center over the shelter’s refusal to allow a man who identified as a woman into its facility. According to a Sept. 30 order from U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason, the city may not apply its non-discrimination code against the shelter. Additionally, the city must...


A federal court ruling has temporarily blocked Anchorage officials from forcing a faith-based women’s homeless shelter into admitting biological males. The controversy stems from an incident in January 2018. According to court documents from attorneys defending the shelter, Anchorage police officers dropped “Jessie Doe,” a biological male who identifies as a woman, off at Downtown Hope Center in Anchorage. The person reportedly “smelled strongly of alcohol, acted agitated and aggressive, and had an open wound...

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