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Whitefish Adopts "No-Hate" Resolution

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Whitefish city council members have met human rights activists in the middle of the road over a proposed no-hate ordinance.

Two weeks after a local group called love lives here asked city council to pass an ordinance.

The request was made in response to Richard Spencer's National Policy Institute, an organization listed as a white supremacy group by the Southern Policy Law Center.

On Monday, by a unanimous vote, the city council passed a resolution condemning discrimination.

A move that appears to satisfy both sides.

"There was a public hearing and everyone who spoke, spoke in support of adopting the resolution including Richard Spencer,” said Whitefish City Manager Chuck Stearns.

"I am ecstatic with the results of the hearing last night for the resolution that was presented that the Whitefish council presented to us,” said Ina Albert of Love Lives here.

The resolution states the City of Whitefish condemns ideologies, philosophies and movements that deny equality of human rights and opportunities.

But unlike an ordinance this resolution doesn't actually carry any legal weight.

"When they pass an ordinance people outside, residents of the city and visitors have to obey those laws whereas there's nothing in a resolution for people to obey, there's no enforcement, it's just telling the people how the city council feels about a situation,” said Stearns.

A choice the city made in order to avoid conflict with the first amendment.

"This resolution brought the issue to the forefront, then the weight of law can be brought if we find we need an ordinance to move towards accepting people with different sexual orientations as we move forward the way they did in Missoula, the way they did in Bozeman, and in Helena,” said Albert.

The city says at this point there are no plans to expand the language in the resolution and they do not see it as a stepping stone to further action.

"The city council has thought about a non-discrimination ordinance but I'm not sure this is any stepping stone,” said Stearns.

So for now it would appear that the city's involvement in the issue is over.

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