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Fourth Idaho city passes LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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MOSCOW, Idaho — The Moscow City Council has passed an anti-discrimination ordinance that makes it illegal to make housing and employment decisions based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The council passed the ordinance Monday by a vote of 6-0, amid protests by Mayor Nancy Chaney and some residents who say they were not given a chance to comment on the proposal.

Councilman Dan Cascallen says the panel had received volumes of emails and felt it had taken enough public opinion.

Chaney says she believes the ordinance warranted discussion from all sides. She says she believes the council’s action will put a blight on the city.

Moscow joins Sandpoint, Boise, and Ketchum in banning LGBT discrimination within city limits.

And while four cities have passed local ordinances, for the seventh year in a row, the Idaho state legislature declined to consider a similar statewide measure, reported The Idaho Agenda.

The city of Pocatello will also be holding a public hearing regarding its purposed non-discrimination ordinance later this week.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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