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Bozeman's Non-Discrimination Ordinance Gains Support

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BOZEMAN - National support for Bozeman's new non-discrimination ordinance has been rolling in through social media, after a lawsuit challenging the ordinance was filed last week.

"There was some hurt feelings and originally that first post was just to say hey I'm here, the people that support you are still here," said Liz Welch with Fair and Fair Montana.

Since the first photo posted just two days ago, close to 50 #IStandByBozeman pictures have been posted to the Fair is Fair Montana Facebook page.

The campaign has quickly spread across the state and the entire country with photos coming from as far as Florida.

Welch said, "In a lot of ways I am surprised how fast it got this big, but on the other side we tend to think that a city like Bozeman, Montana is isolated, but when they passed it, it made national news."

The ordinance which took effect at the beginning of July prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public facilities based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Opponents of the ordinance say it is not a matter of who it's protecting, but city officials overstepping their authority.

"The focus here is not the LGBT community, the focus is if the city is able to begin operating in these areas of law for the LGBT community than the case should be made they should be allowed to operate in these areas of law for lots and lots of other parties," said Jeff Laszloffy with the Montana Family Foundation.

Welch said, "Regardless it is still the right thing to do to make sure that your community it welcoming to everybody."

Welch's goal with the Facebook page and I stand by Bozeman is to spread the word about equality in Bozeman.

"Bozeman is still a welcoming community and that the eyes of the country and people who believe in equality are watching and are supporting people doing the right thing,” said Welch.

Bozeman is the 4th city in Montana to pass a non-discrimination ordinance. On Wednesday night, the city of Dillon voted against adopting the ordinance.

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