Anchorage and Mat-Su Valley fundamentalist churches bussed in well over a hundred kids to the Anchorage Assembly meeting this evening. They are considering - for the third time in 34 years - a civil rights ordinance that prohibits discrimination against LBGTQs and military personnel.
There were a few hundred people who signed up to testify. When we left at about 8:20 p.m, the Assembly had announced that they will continue taking testimony from those who had signed up already, at next Tuesday's meeting.
The assembly chambers and the adjoining Willa Marston Theater were packed, and there were still about 350 or more people outside.
The kids, some less than ten, were mostly without parents. They were sort of clumped together, perhaps by congregation, or by home schooling support group. Dozens of adults were taking pictures of the kids, some encouraged by the Christianist adults around the youngsters. I took about 70 photos. Here are a few. The first six are of some of the kids. The last two are of Mrs. Alaska, as she prepared to parade some of the kids through the demonstrators, and then as she paraded them.