So much for "concentrating" on jobs and the economy. The Republicans in Montana have a laser focus on eliminating protections for LGBTs ...
The Republican majority on the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Monday that would effectively overturn Missoula's 2010 ordinance banning discrimination against city residents based on their sexual orientation and gender. House Bill 516 by Rep. Kristin Hansen, R-Havre, now moves to the House floor for debate this week.
It would prohibit local governments from enacting ordinances or policies that seek to protect residents from real or perceived discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender as the cities of Missoula did through an ordinance and Bozeman did through a policy.
The panel voted earlier Monday to table HB514 by Rep. Edie McClafferty, D-Butte, which would have broadened the Montana Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination statewide based on gender identity or expression and sexual orientation.
Hansen's bill passed on a 13-7 vote, with Helena's Republican Rep. Liz Bangarter joining all six Democrats to vote against it. HB 514 passed 14-6, adds the Montana Human Rights Network, which sent an action alert asking its members to lobby legislators.
And so much for the Tea Party and GOP's hollow cries for states to stay out of local business ...
It's a blatant and evil power move. And it's also worth noting that in 1996, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed cities, towns or counties to recognize gays and lesbians as a protected class in Romer v. Evans.