Helena, Mont., is the latest municipality to consider an anti-discrimination ordinance. The proposed legislation, not unlike a similar measure being considered by the Boise City Council, would prohibit denial of civil rights or discrimination on the bases of age, race, religion, sex or mental disability.
Citizens packed a Helena city commission meeting last night, some holding signs that read "Equality Now," as the measure won its first vote, sending the ordinance to a public hearing, slated for Dec. 17.
Meanwhile, the Boise City Council will be hearing the third and final reading of its ordinance when it meets this evening at 6 p.m. in the West Wing auditorium of the State Capitol.
Emotions ran high on Nov. 13 when a nearly five-hour public hearing included overwhelmingly supportive testimony on the measure.