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Moscow may outlaw gay, gender bias

City commissions working on proposal

MOSCOW, Idaho – City officials in Moscow are considering an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The city’s Human Rights Commission and the Fair and Affordable Housing Commission are working together to make a joint recommendation to the City Council.

Ken Nagy, of the housing commission, said there are discrimination protections based on race, creed, gender, age and religion, but that sexual orientation and gender identity aren’t protected, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported.

The Idaho Senate declined to consider adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state human rights act earlier this year.

Ken Faunce, of the city’s Human Rights Commission, said that means cities have to find a solution themselves.