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

| Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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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.

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Montana governor signs bill to strike down obsolete sodomy law

| Thursday, April 18, 2013
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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.

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Montana governor Steve Bullock to sign bill decriminalizing gay sex

| Thursday, April 18, 2013
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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.

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Bill to decriminalize gay sex in Montana hailed on passing

| Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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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.

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Mont. House endorses measure to decriminalize gay sex

| Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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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.

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

| Monday, April 8, 2013
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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.

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

| Tuesday, March 26, 2013
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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.

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Montana state House committee hears bill to decriminalize gay sex

| Sunday, March 17, 2013
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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.

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

| Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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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.

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

| Monday, January 21, 2013
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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.

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