Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration is getting orchestrated push back from the mainstream media and radical LGBTQ activists for the recent decision to prohibit the Alaska State Commission on Human Rights from investigating nonprofits and business owners who simply wish to operate in accord with deeply held beliefs about human sexuality.

Last August, the state updated its approach to investigating allegations of LGBTQ discrimination. Previously, the Human Rights Commission would take up cases alleging LGBTQ discrimination in places of public accommodation, housing, financing and government practices. This position is now void.

Any LGBTQ related complaints must now be narrowly limited to employment only.

For those who believe business owners and nonprofit groups should be able to unapologetically carry out their work or acts of charity in the public square without having to facilitate or promote the LGBTQ agenda, this change should come as welcome news.

All across the nation, Americans who hold to historic beliefs about sexuality and marriage have been persecuted through court cases and governmental agencies issuing fines and penalties against groups that fail to promote and advance controversial political and cultural beliefs associated with gender fluidity, gender expression and sexual orientation. The list of persecuted groups includes bakers, florists, women’s shelters, schools, marriage and event venues and myriad nonprofits and small businesses.

While the Watchman has been critical of a number of policy positions and decisions from the Dunleavy administration, we are happy to support our governor when he takes a stand for genuine freedom and religious liberty. In this case, we applaud the decision let Alaskans participate in the public square without fear of being persecuted for failing to capitulate to the increasingly militant LGBTQ dogma.

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EDITORIAL: Tell Dunleavy you support decision to uphold religious freedom in public square

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.