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Bozeman, Montana Unanimously Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

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Bozeman, Montana voted 4-0 on Monday night to pass an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, becoming the fourth city in the state to do so, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports:

A few dozen people who turned out in support of the ordinance, many wearing white stickers with green lettering that read “Support! Fairness Dignity Security,” sat silently as commissioners swiftly cast their votes for the ordinance. No one spoke during public comment.

The ordinance, which is aimed at protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations, will go into effect in 30 days.

The silence at Monday night’s meeting stood in stark contrast to past meetings where supporters and opponents spent hours voicing their opinions about the ordinance.

Bozeman is the fourth-largest city in Montana, with a population of approximately 40,000 people.


Bozeman, Montana City Council Gives Initial Approval to LGBT Nondiscrimination Ordinance

The Bozeman, Montana City Council voted 4-0 to approve an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance at its meeting last night, NBC Montana reports:

BozemanBefore commissioners could vote, they listened to more than two hours of public comment from members of the community. Around 55 people took to the podium to speak on the ordinance, which would protect individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

People have been showing up to meetings for months to speak on the topic, but this was the second round of official public comment. The comments ranged from people who were in full support of the ordinance, to those against, and everywhere in between.

The measure was passed following some changes from the mayor regarding religious exemptions, the Helena Independent Record adds:

Commissioners exempted religious schools and corporations from the hiring requirements. They also exempted goods or facilities provided for a service that is primarily religious in nature from the public accommodations requirements.

Commissioners will need to vote one more time at an upcoming meeting before the ordinance becomes law.


Thousands Counterprotest Westboro Baptist Church in Montana, Serve Ice Cream for Equality: VIDEO

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Thousands of people showed up at different locations in Bozeman, Montana late last week to counterprotest the Westboro Baptist Church at Bozeman High School and Montana State University, where they were offering free ice cream for equality in an effort to show support for LGBT people.

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