Montana House GOPers passed bill to end Missoula’s LGBT non-discrimination law

Obviously, legislative gay-bashing is a top priority for the Republican-led House in Montana. It’s wrong on so many levels. But, it’s 2011, for Christ sakes. Get over it.
From the Billings Gazette:

The House took the first steps Tuesday toward striking down Missoula’s 2010 ordinance that bans discrimination against city residents based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Missoula’s Democratic legislators were furious and upset by the passage of House Bill 516, by Rep. Kristin Hansen, R-Havre. Her bill passed 60-39 and faces a final House vote before heading to the Senate.

Sixty Republicans voted for it. All 32 Democrats voted opposed it, joined by seven Republicans. One Republican was absent.

That Kristin Hansen really seems obsessed with LGBT issues. There’s some kind of homophobia going on with her. She’s just too obsessed with the gays. It’s odd.

The Billings Gazette also highlighted some of the comments from the debate. The GOPers, led by Kristin Hansen, tried to hide their homophobia with weak process arguments. Some of the Democratic members spoke the truth about what was happening:

“I’m proud to be a member of the Montana lesbian, gay, bi(sexual), transgender community and a citizen of Montana and a member of this august body. There are thousands of ‘us’ living in Montana. We are your neighbors, your work colleagues, we are part of your families, we sit in the church pew next to you and we serve in elective office with you.” — Rep. Diane Sands, D-Missoula.


“It (the Missoula ordinance) gave those young (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people who had been beaten up, yelled at and discriminated against day in and day out the dimmest light of hope that maybe someday they might be equal to other Montanans, maybe someday. But this bill looks to extinguish that dim light of hope and eliminate an existing right for LGBT Missoulians.” — [Rep. Bryce] Bennett, D-Missoula..

Yeah, be proud, Kristin Hansen, that you are sending hateful messages to the LGBT youth of your state.

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