Everyone deserves dignity, respect, security for their loved ones and to be treated fairly.

That's why it's so important that Helena pass a nondiscrimination ordinance protecting people from being denied jobs, housing and access to restaurants and stores because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Helena City Commission will hold a hearing on the ordinance on Monday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Helena City/County Building at 316 N. Park. Come and testify.

There are those who will use any excuse to justify discrimination or to thwart protections like these. Commissioners have been dealing with this issue for almost a year now. It's time to pass the ordinance.

It's important that we make sure all our neighbors' rights are protected. You can make a difference by attending this hearing and speaking your values.