Nondiscrimination ordinance

Audience members clap during the Boise City Council session to consider a nondiscrimination ordinance. The Council passed the ordinance unanimously.

BOISE โ€” The Boise City Council unanimously approved a nondiscrimination ordinance for the city of Boise Tuesday evening.

โ€œ... Big win for equality in Boise,โ€ city officials announced Tuesday through a Twitter account.

The ordinance proposed by Council President Maryanne Jordan and Council member Lauren McLean prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in employment, housing and places of public accommodation in the city.

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There are exceptions for religious corporations, associations, education institutions and societies. The U.S. Government and state of Idaho and any of their departments or agencies except the city of Boise are also exempt.

During a packed public hearing on the ordinance in November, the Council heard from 60 people that supported the ordinance and 12 opposed.

The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2013.

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