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14th Amendment calls for equal protection, too

2014-06-17T00:00:00Z 2014-06-20T17:12:04Z 14th Amendment calls for equal protection, too The Billings Gazette
June 17, 2014 12:00 am

Discrimination: a problem and an opportunity for all of us. The fact that we have on our books state laws that allow gays to be fired or denied employment from a job, housing or a restaurant because of who they are is discrimination. I wonder what was on the Legislature’s mind when they voted to keep these laws intact at the state level.

My hat is off to cities of Bozeman, Helena, Butte and Missoula that have seen the light and passed nondiscrimination ordinances. It will be interesting to see who will sue these cities for breaking state law. I suggest those who are concerned about this issue refer to our U.S. Constitution, as it is considered the law of the land, until changed.

Montana likes right to bear arms, freedom of speech, press and others. I would also like to mention the 14th amendment, which was ratified July 9, 1868. Section one states that no state can deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. The U.S. Constitution is the glue that holds this great country together. I have wondered why it takes so long for folks to accept our Constitution as the law of the land. For example, why did it take until Aug. 18, 1920, the ratification of the 19th Amendment, to allow women the right to vote? What was so wrong with the women that they were not qualified to vote? This was corrected by the 19th Amendment. I do suggest those folks that are troubled over this issue to spend time reviewing our U.S. Constitution.

Terry Odegard


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