Faith-based shelter fights to keep out transgender women

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) | A conservative Christian law firm that has pushed religious issues in multiple states urged a U.S. judge on Jan. 11 to block Alaska’s largest city from requiring a faith-based women’s shelter to accept transgender women.

Alliance Defending Freedom has sued the city of Anchorage to stop it from applying a gender identity law to the Hope Center shelter, which denied entry to a transgender woman last year. The lawsuit says homeless shelters are exempt from the local law and that constitutional principles of privacy and religious freedom are at stake.

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Judge agrees to trial date in Anchorage transgender case

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) | A federal judge in Alaska has agreed to a 2020 trial date for a lawsuit filed by a faith-based Anchorage women’s shelter against the city over a requirement that it accept transgender women.

In an order filed Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason said she accepted a trial date starting April 8, 2020. That date was requested by the parties.

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Anchorage shelter seeks to exclude transgender people

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) | A faith-based women’s homeless shelter in Anchorage is suing to block the city from requiring it to accept transgender women, which it said would violate its religious beliefs.

Lawyers for Alliance Defending Freedom filed a motion in federal court Nov. 1 seeking an injunction to stop the city from applying its gender identity law to the Hope Center shelter in Anchorage. The conservative Christian law firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona, says homeless shelters are exempt from the local law, yet the city has used the law to “investigate, harass, and pressure” the downtown shelter.

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Discrimination complaint filed against shelter’s attorney

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ABOVE: Attorney Kevin Clarkson who will represent the Downtown Hope Center. Photo courtesy of Brena, Bell and Clarkson Attorney Law Firm’s website.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) | A discrimination complaint was filed against an Anchorage attorney who is defending a homeless shelter from a discrimination complaint.

KTUU-TV reports attorney Kevin Clarkson is representing the Downtown Hope Center after Samantha Coyle filed a complaint with the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission in February, claiming it refused her entry because of her gender identity.

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Anti-trans bathroom ballot initiative defeated in Anchorage

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A ballot initiative in Anchorage that would have removed transgender protections from the city’s non-discrimination ordinance has been defeated, transgender advocates against the measure declared Friday night.

Although the city had yet to declare the results officially, 57.3 percent of voters had rejected Proposition 1 in the ballots that were counted as of Friday night. With fewer than 10,000 ballots left to count, the campaign against the measure declared victory. The deadline to vote was Tuesday.

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