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The Republican House majority refused to bring a bill to the floor for debate that would give legal recourse to LGBTQ individuals in cases of discrimination.  House Bill 417 would have added sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to Montana’s Human Rights Act.


The Montana Capitol
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

In a party line vote today, Republican lawmakers killed a bill aiming to protect lesbian, gay and transgender people under Montana’s civil rights laws.

On this episode of "Capitol Talk": The Legislature debates a bill to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's anti-discrimination law; should teachers carry guns in schools; proposed university cuts and how they could raise tuition; the delay in Zinke's confirmation hearing; and a new poll shows Rob Quist and Amanda Curtis are the front-runners on the Democratic side to replace Zinke in Congress.

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.'"

The Capitol dome in Helena, MT.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

Montana's House Judiciary Committee heard impassioned testimony today from both sides of House Bill 417 to extend non-discrimination protections for gays, lesbians and transgender people across Montana.

A 92-year-old man casting one of Montana's electoral votes has been criticized for his comments about gay people.

Democratic House candidate Denise Juneau was asked during last night’s final U.S. House debate what she would do to protect the rights of LBGT individuals.

“Number one get elected,” Juneau said, as audience erupted in cheers. She said she welcomed that question from the standing room only audience at Heritage Hall, College of Great Falls-MSU.

Juneau said this race is historic for Montana because she’s a woman, Native American, and openly gay.

The gay pride rainbow was projected on UM's Main Hall last night
Mara Silvers

Organizers are expecting more than 1,500 people to attend the Big Sky Pride celebration in Great Falls this weekend.

But following the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando this past weekend that left 50 people dead and 53 more injured, Big Sky Pride President Kev Hamm of Helena says he hopes the event that starts this afternoon will draw a much bigger crowd.

 

Close to 5,000 people attended last year's parade in Missoula.

The weekend celebration includes meals, entertainment and dancing, along with a bike ride, parade and rally on Saturday.

It is open to all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and those who support them.

 

In Missoula, nearly 100 people gathered in front of the University of Montana’s Main Hall last night to see a rainbow.

The plain brick building was lit with the colors of the gay pride flag to support the victims of last Sunday’s massacre in Orlando.

Missoula LGBT Group Holds Vigil For Orlando Victims

Jun 13, 2016
Bree Zender

Candlelight vigils were held around Montana Sunday evening in honor of the victims of the Orlando shooting. In Missoula, more than 200 members of the LGBT community and allies gathered on the campus of the University of Montana.

On this episode of "Campaign Beat," Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson, and Rob Saldin talk about this week’s campaign finance ruling, the fuss over the Gianfortes' big donation to MSU, and the race for Montana’s seat in the House of Representatives.

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