Montana is the 41st U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Nov. 8, 1889. Its most populous city is Billings, and the state capitol is located in Helena.

LGBT Rights in Montana: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions was approved by voters in November 2004. No provision of Montana law addresses discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity. Montana's hate crimes statute does not cover violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Montana permits adoption by individuals, and there are no explicit prohibitions on adoption by same-sex couples or on second-parent adoption by a person of the same sex as the first parent.

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Butte, Mont.

Butte, Mont., council passes LGBT inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance

Thursday, February 20, 2014
BUTTE, Mont. -- Butte-Silver Bow commissioners have passed an ordinance that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity with regard to housing, employment and the use of public accommodations. [ Read more → ]

Ten attorneys general file brief supporting Nev. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, February 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and top law officers from nine other states are fighting a lawsuit challenging Nevada's same-sex marriage ban, arguing no fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists. [ Read more → ]
Butte, Mont.

Butte, Mont., drafting LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance

Friday, December 6, 2013
BUTTE, Mont. — The Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners has asked the county attorney to draft an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Montana state capitol in Helena, Mont.

Montana: Legally married same-sex couples may not file joint state tax return

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
HELENA, Mont. -- Montana's state Revenue Director said Tuesday that same-sex couples legally married in other states may not file joint state income-tax returns. [ Read more → ]

Mont. Board of Regents expands anti-discrimination policy

Thursday, July 18, 2013
BOZEMAN, Mont. — Montana's state Board of Regents has voted to broaden the university system's anti-discrimination policy to require campuses to ensure there's no discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

ACLU files suit in Mont. seeking benefits for same-sex couples

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
HELENA, Mont. -- A civil-rights organization has filed a new lawsuit against the state in an attempt to win for gay couples the same benefits that married couples have. [ Read more → ]

Montana governor signs bill to strike down obsolete sodomy law

Thursday, April 18, 2013
HELENA, Mont. — 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. [ Read more → ]
Steve Bullock

Montana governor Steve Bullock to sign bill decriminalizing gay sex

Thursday, April 18, 2013
HELENA, Mont. -- Gov. Steve Bullock will sign into law a bill that decriminalizes gay sex 16 years after the Montana Supreme Court ruled the law criminalizing gay sex unconstitutional, and ten years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down sodomy laws nationwide. [ Read more → ]

Bill to decriminalize gay sex in Montana hailed on passing

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
HELENA, Mont. -- The woman who led the court battle to strike down a Montana law that made gay sex illegal knows that having the unconstitutional law struck from the books is a symbolic act. [ Read more → ]

Mont. House endorses measure to decriminalize gay sex

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
HELENA, Mont. — The Montana state House on Tuesday endorsed a bill that would repeal an obsolete state law criminalizing gay sex a day after voting to bypass the committee that tabled the measure. [ Read more → ]

Mont. state House advances bill to repeal obsolete law that criminalizes gay sex

Monday, April 8, 2013
HELENA, Mont. — The Montana House is moving forward with a measure that would repeal an obsolete state law that criminalizes gay sex, despite a committee's decision to table it. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

Jon Tester: Another U.S. Senator previously opposed to gay marriage reverses course

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
HELENA, Mont. -- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat from Montana who has previously opposed same-sex marriage, says he now supports marriage equality for gays and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]
Montana state capitol in Helena, Mont.

Montana state House committee hears bill to decriminalize gay sex

Sunday, March 17, 2013
HELENA, Mont. — 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. [ Read more → ]

Montana state Senate moves to strike obsolete law that criminalizes gay sex

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Montana Senate is backing a measure to strike an obsolete state law that criminalizes gay sex. Senate Bill 107 repeals an anti-gay law the courts ruled unconstitutional in 1997. [ Read more → ]

Montana to consider bill to repeal outdated law that criminalizes gay sex

Monday, January 21, 2013
HELENA, Mont. — 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. [ Read more → ]

Helena, Mont., unanimously approves LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
HELENA, Mont. -- The Helena, Mont., City Commission on Monday voted unanimously to approve an ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and many kinds of public accommodations, based on sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Montana Supreme Court rejects equal benefits for same-sex couples

Monday, December 17, 2012
HELENA, Mont. -- 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. [ Read more → ]
Joseph Baken

Gay man fabricates hate crime attack

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
MISSOULA, Mont. -- A 22-year-old openly gay Montana man who reported he was the victim of an alleged hate crime fabricated the attack, and has pleaded guilty to charges of filing a false police report. [ Read more → ]

Roundup: MT GOP wants to imprison gays, flawed study on gay parenting

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A new study tries to show that the kids of gay and lesbian parents are worse off than the kids of straight parents. We'll take a look at all of the problems with that study, and there's a lot of them. Montana Democrats endorse marriage equality, while Montana Republicans call for throwing gay couples in jail. [ Read more → ]
Dave Strohmaier

Montana candidate for U.S. Congress airs marriage equality campaign ad

Monday, April 30, 2012
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Montana Congressional Candidate Dave Strohmaier, who is running as a progressive Democrat Montana's single seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, has released his first political commercial, a groundbreaking campaign ad that endorses marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Big night for openly LGBT candidates in state, local races across the nation

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
It was a big night for many openly gay and lesbian candidates across the nation, with several races resulting in first-time victories for openly LGBT candidates in several state and local governments. [ Read more → ]
Harris Himes

Anti-gay pastor charged in phony scheme claims gay activists are setting him up

Thursday, September 29, 2011
A Montana pastor and anti-gay activist -- who once testified before a Montana legislative committee that homosexuality was a "sin worthy of death" -- has been charged with six felony counts of theft and fraud in a phony investment scheme that bilked a man of a $150,000 inheritance in 2008. [ Read more → ]

‘You Are Loved’ video chronicles rural pride in Montana

Monday, September 5, 2011
I’ve written about the importance of Rural Pride Celebrations before — but if you want to see it firsthand, or if you ever wondered what the 2011 Montana Pride Celebration was like, well wonder no more. [ Read more → ]
Plaintiffs in Donaldson and Guggenheim v. State of Montana

ACLU appeals case on same-sex couples’ rights to Montana Supreme Court

Friday, August 5, 2011
The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday appealed a Montana District Court decision dismissing the same-sex domestic partnership case, Donaldson and Guggenheim v. State of Montana, to the Montana Supreme Court. [ Read more → ]

Marriage, civil unions, Montana GOP, and Communion

Friday, July 1, 2011
Marriage, civil unions, Montana GOP, and Communion -- What do all of these things have in common? The answer in my head is this: injustice. [ Read more → ]
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