A poll in this week’s Helena Independent Record asks the question “Does Helena need a non-discrimination ordinance?” This is seemingly in response to the order of business currently before the Helena City Commission – an ordinance of non-discrimination [pdf].
“State and/or federal law prohibit the denial of civil rights or discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, marital status, familial status (solely for housing), and physical or mental disability. In addition to these protections, it is the intent of the City of Helena that no person shall be denied his or her civil rights or be discriminated against based upon his or her sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.”
Yeah, kind of a big deal for Montana.
At first, the numbers were fairly even on both sides – then those in favor of the ordinance outnumbered those opposed.
Typically the IR polls receive about 500 respondents total, but it appears that some conservative blogs, websites and facebookers have called in their forces to vote (in this very unscientific poll) against this ordinance currently being considered by the Helena City Council.
While I’m not sure that this is a huge issue (the poll, not the ordinance), it irks me that those opposed are marshaling the forces of discrimination across the country to weigh in.
Well, turnabout’s fair play. Vote here – and show Helena that the nation is watching.
- Help! Helena Non-discrimination Poll Freeped By Haters (bilerico.com)
- Helena, Mont., Officials Want to ‘Add The Words,’ Too (boiseweekly.com)
- Proponents, opponents pack hearing on Helena’s proposed anti-discrimination ordinance (billingsgazette.com)