Montana GOP targets gay rights ordinance

2011-02-21T13:15:00Z 2011-02-21T15:28:25Z Montana GOP targets gay rights ordinanceThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 21, 2011 1:15 pm  • 

HELENA — A House committee approved a bill that would nullify the city of Missoula’s 2010 ordinance that protects residents from discrimination because of their sexual orientation and gender.

The committee voted to endorse House Bill 516, by Rep. Kristin Hansen, R-Havre, which would prohibit local governments from enacting ordinances or other policies like Missoula’s that include, as a protected class from discrimination, any groups not included under the Montana Human Rights Act.

The panel also voted to table HB514, by Rep. Edie McClafferty, D-Butte, which would have expanded the Montana Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression and sexual orientation. 

The move to table came after a motion to pass her bill failed.


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