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Montana House Committee Advances Bill to Prevent LGBT Protections

February 21, 2011
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The Montana state legislature has introduced legislation which effectively bans municipalities from exceeding protected classes as defined by the Montana Human Rights Act.  The effect is it would nullify Missoula’s ordinance protecting LGBT citizens from housing and employment discrimination.  It’s interesting to see a state which historically shun’s federal intervention doing the same thing they argue against to their own cities. 

HELENA, Mont. — The Montana State House Judiciary Committee on Monday approved a bill that would prohibit local municipalities from enacting ordinances that include, as a protected class from discrimination, any groups not included under the Montana Human Rights Act.

The measure, House Bill 516, would effectively nullify the city of Missoula’s 2010 ordinance that protects its LGBT citizens from employment, housing and other forms of discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

via Montana House committee advances bill to prevent LGBT protections – LGBTQ Nation.