Jackson Hole, WY Passes LGBTQ-Inclusive Nondiscrimination Ordinance After 3 Years of Momentum

By Shane Stahl • July 18, 2018 • 9:47 am

On Monday the city council in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, unanimously passed an LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance after three years of work that began in 2015 with then-mayor Sara Filtner.

Ordinance M also passed unanimously during its two previous readings. In 2015, the ordinance was watered down to a resolution after council expressed legal concerns. However, city attorney Audrey Cohen Davis crafted the most recent version of the ordinance based on those previously passed in cities such as Aspen and Vail, assuaging concerns about enforceability.

Before the final vote on Monday night, councilman Jim Stanford said:

“Tonight I’m proud of our community. A community that is standing up for equality in the equality state.”

Jackson Hole is only the second city in Wyoming to offer comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people, following Laramie in 2015. Wyoming is also one of 31 states that do not offer statewide LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. In 2015, the Wyoming Senate approved a bill, SF 115, that would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. However, upon reaching the floor of the House, oppositional lawmakers narrowly voted against the bill, by a vote of 26-33.

To read more about the history of LGBTQ nondiscrimination in Wyoming, visit our state page here.

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