Montana Supreme Court Affirms LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Ordinance in Bozeman

By Adam Polaski • August 4, 2016 • 11:48 am

Following a years-long court battle over an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance in Bozeman, Montana, the Montana Supreme Court this week ruled to effectively uphold the ordinance by affirming a lower court’s dismissal of a challenge to the ordinance.

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The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports:

In their order issued Tuesday, justices unanimously affirmed District Judge John Brown’s dismissal of a suit filed by five Bozeman residents who argued that Bozeman City Commissioners did not have legal authority to enact the non-discrimination ordinance.

 There was not potential injury to the plaintiffs, Brown said in his ruling, and none were in a position where they could be named in any action alleging a violation of the ordinance.
The ordinance took effect in Bozeman, Montana in July 2014. Since then it has served as a protective layer for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender residents, who disproportionately face discrimination in the workplace, in the housing search, and in public spaces. No one should face discrimination simply for who they are or who they love – and that’s what the Bozeman ordinance affirms.
The Montana Supreme Court’s decision marks an important step in the right direction for the Treasure State, which earlier this year saw Governor Steve Bullock issue an executive order protecting state employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Now, it’s time for Montana to embrace full non-discrimination protections and join the 19 other states across the country with full protections.

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