BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Monday night, Bozeman City Commissioners will open the floor to public comment after releasing the first draft of a potential nondiscrimination ordinance.


The first draft of the ordinance is only four pages, and extends protections in housing, employment, and public services based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  It also specifically exempts religious organizations and private religious schools when it comes to hiring practices and public accommodations. While the first  draft would allow those discriminated against to seek civil damages in municipal court, it does not include any criminal provisions.

The nondiscrimination ordinance is slated on Monday night's commission agenda under policy discussion. There will also be public comment on the issue. If you are interested in voicing your opinion on the ordinance, the meeting starts at 6p.m. at Bozeman City Hall.