Montana governor issues trans-inclusive nondiscrimination order Metro Weekly • January 19, 2016 Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) on Monday issued an executive order extending nondiscrimination protections to state employees and state contractors based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Bullock’s executive order expands upon and replaces a much narrower executive order, issued by his
Montana House Refuses To Follow Other Red States Down The “Religious Freedom” Rabbit Hole Politics USA • March 28, 2015 After a heated floor debate, the Montana House failed to pass a “religious freedom” bill, deadlocking on a 50-50 vote, effectively defeating House Bill 615 on Friday. H.B. 615, sponsored by Rep. Karl Glimm (R-Kila), would have placed a legislative referendum on the November 2016 ballot that, if
REPORT: Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Montana Williams Institute • March 26, 2015 Here’s another report–this time about Montana–from our friends at the Williams Institute. About 13,400 LGBT workers in Montana are not explicitly protected from discrimination under state or federal laws. Discrimination against LGBT employees has been documented in surveys, comp
Montana Lawmaker Proposes ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill in Helena Bozeman Daily Chronicle • March 25, 2015 A GOP lawmaker in Helena is proposing that the state’s voters be asked to put a legal “exclamation point” on the freedom of religion section of the Montana Constitution. The bill would re-establish the “compelling government interest” test for legal cases regarding the free exercise of rel
Attempt Fails in Montana to Bring Tabled Nondiscrimination Bill to Floor Helena Independent Record • February 16, 2015 HELENA, Mont. — Democrats on Monday tried unsuccessfully to “blast” four tabled bills to the Senate and House floors, including one that would ban discrimination against gay people. Read more here.
ACLU Asks Whitefish, Montana to Pass Nondiscrimination Ordinance NBC Montana • December 31, 2014 The ACLU of Montana and the Montana Human Rights Network are pushing the City of Whitefish to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance. This comes just more than a month after the state legalized gay marriage. Under current state law, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people can be fired from their j
Montana Pushes Statewide Nondiscrimination Bill Great Falls Tribune • December 29, 2014 Coming off a successful effort in the 2013 Legislature to strike unconstitutional language banning gay sex from the state’s “deviate sexual conduct” law, combined with a recent federal court ruling overturning Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage, supporters of a statewide nondiscrimination me
Parts of Montana Lack Legal Protections While Acceptance Grows for LGBT Community Great Falls Tribune • December 13, 2014 In Montana, while same-sex people can now marry, many still worry about employment and housing rights, bullying in schools, adoption and family law, and laws regarding transgender people in transition. Read more here.
Whitefish, Montana OKs Nondiscrimination Measure The Daily Inter Lake • December 2, 2014 The Whitefish, Montana City Council, trying to support diversity in the community while protecting First Amendment rights to free speech, unanimously approved a nondiscrimination resolution Monday night. The council may consider adopting a nondiscrimination ordinance in the future. Read more here.
Whitefish, Montana Considers Nondiscrimination Proposal The Flathead Beacon • December 1, 2014 The city council of Whitefish, Montana is poised to adopt a good faith resolution declaring its support for diversity. The council did not go so far as to adopt a nondiscrimination ordinance, though council members discussed crafting such a measure in the near future. Read more here.