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Helena Has Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

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HELENA, Mont. (AP)—The Helena City Commission has unanimously passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Independent Record reports commissioners voted Monday night after hearing arguments from both sides.

The ordinance says in addition to state and federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, race, religion, sex and mental disability the city seeks to extend protections to those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. However, in places such as athletic club locker rooms users would be required to use the facilities designated for their anatomical sex regardless of their gender identity.

The ordinance requires those claiming discrimination in housing, employment or public accommodations first file a complaint with the state Human Rights Bureau. If the claim is rejected there, it could be filed with the city.

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