MTPR

Jeff Laszloffy

The group that proposed a ballot initiative asking voters to regulate who can use a public bathroom based on a person’s sex at birth acknowledged today that they failed to get enough support to move forward.

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An attempt to let Montana voters decide whether to prohibit transgender people from using the restrooms and locker rooms of their choice has come up short.

Supporters of the "Montana Locker Room Privacy Act" got fewer than 10,000 of the more than 25,000 signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot.

Montanans on both sides of the abortion issued weighed-in Friday on the Trump administration’s plan to bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions.

The Trump plan echoes a Reagan-era rule to ban abortion referrals by federally funded clinics. Details are sparse thus far, but it would also bar those same clinics from sharing space with abortion providers.

Montana’s Supreme Court has ordered Attorney General Tim Fox to respond to the American Civil Liberties Union’s complaint about the language of a so-called "bathroom privacy" ballot initiative.

On Monday the court gave Fox 20 days to explain why the ballot language his office wrote for the initiative being promoted by the Montana Family Foundation is fair and accurate.

Legislature Hears Passionate Testimony On Discrimination Protections For LGBTQ Montanans
Josh Burnham

So many people packed into a ground-floor hearing room in the state capitol Wednesday morning, the committee chairman had to warn of it becoming a fire hazard, as debate began on whether Montana should protect gender identity or expression and sexual orientation under the state’s civil rights laws.

"He looked me directly in the eye and said, 'I do not rent to your kind.'"

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