Post submitted by Hope Wisneski, HRC Regional Field Director
On Monday night, the Billings City Council held a hearing to determine if city staff should work on language for a non-discrimination bill, or if a proposed non-discrimination bill should be tabled indefinitely.
After over nine hours of testimony, the City Council voted seven to four in favor of rescinding a vote cast May 26 to direct staff to cease work on the ordinance. Work on drafting the ordinance will continue. A work session will be held on June 16.
HRC is proud to be a part of yesterday’s win, turning out community members and testifying in support of moving forward with the nondiscrimination ordinance. The City Council thanked HRC for its testimony, which included citing data from the Municipal Equality Index and Corporate Equality Index.
The ACLU of Montana is leading the efforts on the ground, alongside Montana Human Rights Network, Forward Montana Foundation, Not in Our Town Billings, HRC, and Pride Foundation.
We are hopeful Billings will join the four Montana cities -- Missoula, Helena, Bozeman and Butte -- with LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances.