Montana, USA: Sodomy Law Repeal Advances; 38 GOPers Prefer Keeping Gay Sex a Felony

Written by scott on April 10th, 2013

MontanaMontana 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 for making sure the bill to repeal the unconstitutional law received a full floor vote… the motion passed 60-38, so the Montana House will now give full consideration to the repeal bill. Still, that’s 38 votes already willing to maintain an unconstitutional law that criminalizes homosexuality.

But many republicans are not on-board with the repeal. Queerty reports:

There are still 38 people in the House of Representatives that support labeling homosexuals as felons. The classic ‘Bible card’ was played by most of the dissenting representatives–no surprise there. Curtis continued, “To say that our friends and our neighbors, our brothers, our sisters, our cousins, aunts, and uncles, Montanans, should be felons…because the Bible says so?”

While some states advance toward full marriage equality, our LGBT brothers and sisters live in others that still criminalize their very existence. The downside of the state-by-state approach.

 

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