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Out of State Recognition: No
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Students March for Marriage Equality in Bozeman, Montana
Apr 28th, 2013
High school students fromMSU March Saturday for marriage equality in the Montana town of Bozeman. NBC Montana reports:
"The point we're trying to show is that Bozeman, especially the youth of Bozeman, support marriage equality and that this is something that is going to happen in our lifetime and in our generation," says organizer and Bozeman High School student... read_more
Montana, USA: Gov. Signs Bill To Repeal Sodomy Law
Apr 19th, 2013
It's official! Montana has repealed its sodomy law, officially legalizing gay sex in the state. LGBTQ Nation reports:
An obsolete law deeming gay sex as deviant -- akin to bestiality -- was stricken from Montana code Thursday, prompting gay rights activists to say they hope that full legal equality may be close at hand. When Montana Gov. Steve Bullock... read_more
Montana State Repeals Invalidated Sodomy Law
Apr 11th, 2013
By a nearly two-to-one margin, Montana repealed the state's sodomy law yesterday. LGBTQ Nation reports:
Senate Bill 107, the measure that strikes from the state code the obsolete language criminalizing gay sex as deviate sexual conduct, passed its final legislative hurdle Wednesday with a 65-34 vote in the House. The Senate approved the bill earlier in the session,... read_more
Montana Sodomy Law Repeal Advances; 38 GOPers Prefer Keeping Gay Sex a Felony
Apr 10th, 2013
Montana continues to debate the repeal of an invalidated sodomy law. Think Progress reports:
On Monday, the Montana House of Representatives salvaged a bill that will repeal the state's anti-gay sodomy law, even though it had been tabled by the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Bryce Bennett (D), the state's first openly gay male lawmaker, made an impassioned plea... read_more
Montana Gay Legislator Introduces Bill to Decriminalize Gay Sex
Apr 9th, 2013
Up in Montana, an openly gay state representative is pushing a bill to decriminalize gay sex in the state. The Billings Gazette reports:
Rep. Bryce Bennett, D-Missoula, made the motion Monday to take Senate Bill 107 out of the House Judiciary Committee and place it on the agenda for a House vote. Bennett, who is gay, said the... read_more
USA: Two More Democratic Senators Support Marriage Equality; Ten More to Go
Mar 26th, 2013
Just today, two more Senate dems decided to endorse marriage equality, bringing the tally this week to five. Maddow Blog reports:
The march towards marriage equality among Democrats is quickly becoming a stampede. Sen. Jon Tester (D) of Montana posted this message to his Facebook page this afternoon: "Montanans believe in the right to make a good life... read_more
Idaho, USA: House, Senate to Hold Joint Forum on LGBT Protections
Mar 20th, 2013
Although there's no plan to vote on measures to add protections for its LGBT citizens this year, Idaho will host a forum on the issue. LGBTQ Nation reports:
On Wednesday, the joint House and Senate State Affairs committees are set to hear presentations spearheaded by Democratic Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb of Boise. Sen. Curt McKenzie, a Nampa Republican and... read_more
Montana State House Considers Decriminalizing Gay Sex
Mar 18th, 2013
A committee in the Montana State House is considering a bill that would remove an old state law against gay sex. LGBTQ Nation reports:
A House panel heard a measure Friday that would remove an obsolete Montana law that criminalizes gay sex by labeling it a deviate sexual behavior on par with bestiality. Senate Bill 107 seeks to... read_more
Montana, USA: Legislature May Finally Repeal Anti Gay Bill
Jan 23rd, 2013
LGBT advocates said Monday they hope the Montana state legislature will finally repeal an obsolete state law that criminalized gay sex before it was struck down by the courts in the 1990s.
The Montana Supreme Court in 1997 ruled as unconstitutional the portion of the "deviate sexual relations" law that includes "sexual contact or sexual intercourse between two persons of the... read_more
Montana Supreme Court Tells Domestic Partnership Plaintiffs to Revise Case
Dec 21st, 2012
The Montana Supreme Court has sent a case on domestic-partnership rights back to a lower court, telling plaintiffs their argument is too broad and must be narrowed.
The Montana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union had sued the state in 2010 on behalf of six same-sex couples, saying the denial of inheritance rights, tax benefits, medical decision-making power, and other... read_more
Montana Supreme Court Rejects Equal Rights and Benefits for Gay/Lesbian Couples
Dec 18th, 2012
The Montana Supreme Court on Monday upheld a lower court's decision to reject an "overly broad" request that same-sex couples receive the same protections and benefits as married heterosexual couples.
In a 4-3 decision, the Court sided with Helena, Mont., District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock when he dismissed the suit in April 2011.
Sherlock had ruled that, based in part on a 2004... read_more
Helena, Montana: City Commission Approves Anti Discrimination Ordinance
Dec 18th, 2012
In a unanimous vote Monday night, the Helena City Commission passed an ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and many kinds of public accommodation based on sexual orientation.
Hundreds of people turning out to support or oppose the measure, with the commission opening two additional rooms in the City-County Building to provide audio and video of the meeting.
Mayor Jim Smith... read_more