HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on Jan. 18 signed an executive order that bans discrimination against state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Helena Independent Standard reported that Bullock, a Democrat, in a statement referenced Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I am honored to stand up for all Montanans to ensure that no one is denied full and equal participation in our state’s workforce based on discrimination and intolerance,” said Bullock.
Bullock’s executive order also applies to state contractors and subcontractors.
“Governor Bullock has taken a bold step to expand equality and fairness for all,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin in a statement. “We commend him for doing everything in his administrative power to fight for the rights of LGBT Montanans, and hope his actions encourage other government officials to make safeguarding protections for all residents and visitors a priority.”