Gay Sex No Longer a Crime in Montana
Governor signs bill ending ban
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 19, 2013 2:32 AM CDT
Updated Apr 19, 2013 5:00 AM CDT
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock speaks to a crowd at a ceremony signing into law a gay rights bill on Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Helena, Mont.   (AP Photo/Matt Gouras)

(Newser) – Montana has been a little slow to decriminalize gay sex—but a law banning it was finally wiped from the books after Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill yesterday. Activists had been fighting the ban for decades; the state Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional 16 years ago, the AP notes, and it hadn't been enforced for years. Bullock's signature prompted cheers. "I am not going to speak too long because, frankly, the longer I talk, the longer this embarrassing and unconstitutional law stays on the books," he said.

Gay rights advocates hoped the move was a step forward. "As more and more LGBT people come out to their friends and their neighbors," said one activist, "it's going to be harder to discriminate against them." The bill passed the state House 64-35 and the Senate 38-11. Both chambers are controlled by the GOP; members of both parties backed the legislation. But not everyone's happy: "This isn't over," says a Republican who opposed the measure. "We will see a continual push for recognition of unions ... for health insurance. All kinds of things will come out of this."

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iq145
Apr 22, 2013 10:08 PM CDT
Watch out, now. The Westboro weirdos will be coming for you. They think what you do at home is their business...
midget_farmers
Apr 22, 2013 10:10 AM CDT
thanks, now weed please...
1492
Apr 19, 2013 10:55 PM CDT
What does Sodomy and Beastiality have in common? Illegal use of penis. Now it is legal in Montana. Horses should be respected by women. Sheep should be respected by men. Animals are innocent. Humans should respect their natural functions. Sodomy was not designed by the Creator. 1942