December 4, 2012

The Helena City Commission has approved first passage of an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals. Before the meeting began on Monday night, members of the public showed their support for the non-discrimination ordinance by waving signs that said "Dignity for All" and "Hate is not a Helena value" outside the city county building. Jamee Greer of the Montana Human Rights Network says it's time for the City of Helena to step up. "Montana is one of a few states right now that have no statewide protection for LGBT people: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender," Greer says. "We can be denied employment or housing simply for who we are or who we love." Commissioners unanimously passed the ordinance but not before disagreeing on the amendments.