MOSCOW, Idaho -

The Moscow City Council has passed an anti-discrimination ordinance that makes it illegal to make housing and employment decisions based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The council passed the ordinance Monday amid protests by Mayor Nancy Chaney and some residents who say they were not given a chance to comment on the proposal.

Councilman Dan Cascallen says the panel had received volumes of emails and felt it had taken enough public opinion.

Chaney says she believes the ordinance warranted discussion from all sides. She says she believes the council's action will put a blight on the city.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports the ordinance passed unanimously.