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Butte, Mont., council passes LGBT inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BUTTE, Mont. — Butte-Silver Bow commissioners have passed an ordinance that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity with regard to housing, employment and the use of public accommodations.

Butte, Mont.

Butte, Mont.

The council of commissioners voted 10-2 on Wednesday in favor of the ordinance, which takes effect in 30 days.

Missoula and Helena have similar legal protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people.

Commissioners Dennis Henderson and Johnson Sorich voted against the measure, saying they wanted a provision included that says in restrooms or places like athletic club locker rooms people should use facilities designated for their anatomical sex.

Those who feel they are discriminated against can file a civil petition in Justice Court. Anyone who violates the ordinance four or more times in a 12-month time period could be fined up to $500 for each violation.

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21 more reader comments:

  1. Thats where my friend Tracy Amerson Miller resides. So proud of that community.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:47pm
  2. Gay all the way everyone eks can fuck off

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:48pm
  3. Else

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:48pm
  4. Wow, it’s been state law in IL for years now that you can’t discriminate based on sexual orientation for all the above. I guess Montana is a bit behind the times. But glad some cities are finally seeing the light

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:52pm
  5. Please don't even gripe a little bit about progress. I'll take it!

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:14pm
  6. Not griping... was just surprised that's all. No need to be negative even a little bit :)

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:17pm
  7. Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:53pm
  8. progress .

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:54pm
  9. Proud to be born there!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:57pm
  10. awesome

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:03pm
  11. We’ve been fighting on the state level for years but are now doing it city by city!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:03pm
  12. Hehe…”Butte”

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:14pm
  13. this wont muster in the ussc

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:16pm
  14. Aww come on! Butte does this but the whole damn state of AZ goes against this due to religious belief???? COME ON!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:23pm
  15. Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:33pm
  16. I wish their outlook would seep over here to South Dakota.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:38pm
  17. Yes

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:45pm
  18. yes

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:46pm
  19. Start a Rotten Fish List of which businesses participate in this idiocy and pass it around so folks don’t do business with them.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:14pm
  20. This is great

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:16pm
  21. GOOD!! YAY MONTANA!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:18pm