Montana City Rejects 'Bathroom Ordinance'
by Bethany Monk
Early this morning, city officials in the Big Sky state voted down an ordinance that would have allowed people to use public restrooms based on what gender they feel they are.
Billings Council Members voted 6-5 against the so-called non-discrimination ordinance (NDO). Four Montana cities —Missoula, Helena, Butte and Bozeman— have passed similar measures. Montana Family Foundation (MFF) President Jeff Laszloffy said Billings is the first city in the state to reject such a measure.
"We're ecstatic about this," he told CitizenLink. "I don't know of another one that has been stopped at the municipal level in the U.S. We are thrilled this one did not proceed."
Dillon is the latest to consider an NDO. Laszloffy said it's likely it will reject the proposed ordinance.
Some question whether such issues should be discussed in at the local level. Dillon City Attorney James Dolan underscores this in a letter to city officials:
Given the uncertainty of the legal authority of a municipality to pass an LGBT ordinance … I must advise that passage of any such ordinance may result in potential lawsuit against the City of Dillon.
Cities in states across the country are facing similar proposed ordinances.
"The thing that's important to remember," Laszloffy said, "is that the groups behind these — their goal is to pass such laws at the state level."
About 18 states have passed laws creating special rights for homosexual, bisexual and transgender people, he said.
"The results have been devastating," Laszloffy said. "To protect the politically correct, new-found rights of one small group, more and more states are trampling the Constitutional guarantees of free speech, religious expression, and free association for the vast majority."
As for the Montana cities with NDOs, none of them have even used the ordinance, Laszloffy explained.
"This proves that this type of discrimination does not exist at a level to warrant passing legislation which would grant special rights," he said. "What does exist in the states — that have passed these non-discrimination laws at the state level — is the targeting of Christians and other religious groups."
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Learn more about the Montana Family Foundation.
Read "The Truth Puts On Its Shoes," by Jeff Laszloffy.
Read "Texas Judge Puts 'Bathroom Ordinance' on Hold."