In this May 23, 2015 photo, the welcome sign is displayed on the outskirts of Homer. (Mark Thiessen | The Associated Press file)

In this May 23, 2015 photo, the welcome sign is displayed on the outskirts of Homer. (Mark Thiessen | The Associated Press file)

Homer rejects inclusivity measure

HOMER — The Club Bar incident. Removing the Veterans Memorial from WKFL Park. Nuclear Free Homer. Annexation. Banning commercial cannabis. In the 53-year history of the Homer City Council, civic disputes have often flared up into hours-long public testimony that can test the patience of even the most seasoned citizen.

Monday night, Homer added another such issue to the history books, Resolution 17-019, an inclusivity statement that some read as unnecessary government intrusion, if not the call for outright rebellion, and that others said was a necessary response to hate and intolerance.

After nearly four hours of testimony and about 100 speakers, and before an audience of more than 200 that spilled over into the Planning Department offices, the council, in a 5-1 vote struck down the resolution.

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