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Moscow, Idaho considers LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The city of Moscow, Idaho, is considering a measure to prohibit discrimination in the areas of housing and employment based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The city’s Human Rights Commission and the Fair and Affordable Housing Commission are working together to make a joint recommendation to the city council, reported the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Ken Nagy of the housing commission said there are discrimination protections based on race, creed, gender, age and religion, but none that include sexual orientation and gender identity.

In February, Republican state senators on the Senate State Affairs Committee killed a bill that would have added the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Idaho’s Human Rights Act, leaving local municipalities to enact their own protections.

Earlier this month, the Boise city council voted unanimously to approve its own an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance.

Moscow, situated along the Washington/Idaho border has a population of about 24,000 and is home of the University of Idaho.

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