The mayor planned to read a document in support of pride celebrations in June, but the meeting was canceled for lack of a quorum. All three council members said their decision for not attending the meeting was not based on opposition to the recognition, but they did not want to promote discord and controversy within the community.
The Homer City Council’s meeting was canceled Monday after a mayoral proclamation caused some controversy. The proclamation celebrated the LGBTQ community in Homer, and declared June as “Homer Pride Month.” More than 70 emails both for and against the proclamation poured in throughout the day, City Clerk Melissa Jacobsen said.
At the request of Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young, a bill pending in the U.S. House would reduce Alaska’s share of revenues from oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and give that money to Alaska Native corporations.