Equality

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GUEST POST: Victim, Hero, or the Face of Hate?

by Justice Jim Nelson, Montana Supreme Court, Retired

The swings in public perception are amazing. Case in point: Kim Davis, the Kentucky Clerk who thumbed her official nose at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that marriage is a fundamental right of all persons, not just heterosexuals.  Not on Davis’ watch, that is.

No marriage licenses to gays and lesbians would be issued over her official title, because to do so would violate her personal religious beliefs.  That, apparently, is the belief that the Bible and the “loving” God who inspired it and who created all people in his own image, condemns marriages which are not between one man and one woman.

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Kalispell Schools Non-Discrimination Policy Meets Final Hurdle Today

The Flathead County Republican Party has sent out another email urging their ultra-conservative membership to weigh in on the non-discrimination policy proposed by the Kalispell School Board. Public opinion polls show a majority of both parties supports non-discrimination policies.  In spite of this, the local GOP are…

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As the Kalispell School Board meeting got underway a beautiful double rainbow appeared outside.

GUEST POST: Montana Republican Majority Leader Compares LGBT Equality to Bestiality 

By Nathan Kosted, a community organizer with www.LoveLivesHereFlathead.org

Last night the Kalispell School Board continued its important and brave work by moving along an update to their non-discrimination policy that would include protections for LGBT students. While a large majority of those in attendance wore light blue shirts and were supportive of the policy change a few voices decided to take the opportunity to spread hate. One would hope this type of behavior would be limited to extremists, however some elected officials in our state continue to take part.

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Kalispell Non-Discrimination Protections, Clear, Simple, and the Right Thing to Do

Like others I’ve been following the Kalispell School District’s effort to update their non-discrimination policy. (Watch for a guest post soon for more.) The policy would simply add “Gender Expression, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation” to the Kalispell School District 5 policy that governs Equal Education, Nondiscrimination and…

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GUEST POST: Fortunate

by Anna Whiting Sorrell, MPA

Whiting Sorrell is Director of Operations, Policy and Planning Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health Department, former Director Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and former Billings Area Director, Indian Health Service

This week I will celebrate my 58th birthday.  Most women in Montana would not consider this a milestone in their lifetime, but for me, I will celebrate it with vigor as I know how fortunate I am just to be alive. According to a Montana Department of Health and Human Services report, as an Indian woman in Montana, I can only expect to live to be 64 years old.  Indian women die a generation younger than non-Indian women, who can expect to live 20 years longer. This statistic has been my personal reality as my mother died at 57 and her mother died in her forties.

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Guest Post: The Threat of Federal Regulatory Preemption Another Provocative Nugget Of Food For Thought:

Guest post by Norma Duffy.   Ms. Duffy is lifelong resident of Beaverhead County, a businesswoman, farmer, public advocate, and single mother who has no tolerance for the bad politics-as-usual, interfering with our future as Montanans. Follow her on Twitter @Ilikewoods  (Fourth in a series of four.) When we talk about,…

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GUEST POST: No Strings For UBER

by Norma Duffy

Ms. Duffy is lifelong resident of Beaverhead County, a businesswoman, farmer, public advocate, and single mother who has no tolerance for bad politics-as-usual interfering with our future as Montanans. Follow her on Twitter @Ilikewoods

(Second in a series of Three)

Uber argues that as a technology company, it is not subject to laws regulating public transit like other transportation providers,  who have to follow ADA rules. UBER doesn’t want to Fingerprint its drivers, or do background checks. Instead of getting along with others… Uber likes running headlong into cities, no matter the consequences.  Uber doesn’t feel, any standard local laws should apply to them…. which generally entails, getting into fights with regulated taxi services and city halls throughout America, once they decide to move in …

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GUEST POST: Another Bridge to Nowhere

[This guest post on income inequality is by new Cowgirl contributor Bud White, who can be reached at budwhite41@outlook.com]  In a previous post quite some time back the topic of upward mobility was discussed and the use of a “Broken Ladder” analogy as an interpretation of…

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