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Alaskans Vote 'No' on Anti-Transgender 'Bathroom Bill'

The unofficial results will be certified on April 17

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    In this file photo voter casts his ballot in a polling station on May 25, 2017 in Missoula, Montana.

    Nearly 53 percent of voters in Anchorage, Alaska, cast their ballots in opposition to a proposition that would have required transgender people to use public facilities that match the sex on their birth certificates.

    The historic April 3 election, conducted primarily through mail-in-ballots, was the first time U.S. citizens directly voted on a so-called transgender “bathroom bill.”

    “Anchorage voters refused to succumb to hate and bigotry by rejecting this discriminatory, anti-transgender ballot measure.Community leaders, businesses, faith leaders, and public officials all spoke out in support of equality,” Chad Griffin, president of national LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement sent to NBC News.

    The unofficial results, which will be certified on April 17, came as a relief to Anchorage transgender activist Lillian Lennon.