BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Bozeman city leaders have given their initial backing to a measure creating protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

The city commission voted 4-0 Monday for an ordinance that would outlaw discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation of gender identity.

The proposal must pass a final vote scheduled for June 2 before it takes effect.

Commissioner Chris Mehl says he is convinced that discrimination against gays and lesbians exists in Bozeman and there is a need for the measure.

Before the vote, 55 people spoke in the two-hour meeting.

Commissioners exempted religious schools and corporations from the hiring requirements. They also exempted goods or facilities provided for a service that is primarily religious in nature from the public accommodations requirements.