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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Plaintiffs in Donaldson and Guggenheim v. State of Montana

Montana judge dismisses suit by gay couples seeking legal protections

Thursday, April 21, 2011
A District Court Judge in Montana has ruled to dismiss a case brought by gay couples who were seeking the same legal protections as married couples. [ Read more → ]

Montana anti-gay bill fizzles in state Senate due to lack of support

Sunday, March 27, 2011
A bill in the Montana state legislature that would overturn a Missoula city ordinance that protects gay people from discrimination, was pulled from the Senate floor last week because it lacked support from GOP leadership. [ Read more → ]

Texas, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma: states hold onto laws defining gay ‘conduct’ illegal

Sunday, March 27, 2011
"Homosexual conduct" is still a crime in Texas -- and at least three other states -- eight years after the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down the state’s sodomy law, and invalidated similar laws across the country. [ Read more → ]
Montana state capitol in Helena.

Bill to prevent LGBT protections passes first hurdle in Montana Senate

Saturday, March 19, 2011
A bill that would prohibit local municipalities from enacting ordinances that include sexual orientation as a protected class from discrimination, passed its first hurdle in the Montana Senate on Friday. [ Read more → ]

It’s still illegal to have gay sex in Montana, years after Supreme Court ruling

Friday, March 18, 2011
A Montana legislative committee on Friday killed a bill that would have decriminalized homosexual sex -- keeping a law on the books that was ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court in 1997, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003. [ Read more → ]

Montana House committee advances bill to prevent LGBT protections

Monday, February 21, 2011
The Montana State House Judiciary Committee on Monday approved a bill that would prohibit local municipalities from enacting ordinances that include, as a protected class from discrimination, any groups not included under the Montana Human Rights Act. [ Read more → ]

Montana legislature stifles debate over competing LGBT protections bills

Saturday, February 19, 2011
The Montana state legislature is considering two controversial civil rights bills, one that seeks to expand LGBT protections, and another that would strip them away and prevent cities from enacting them in the future. [ Read more → ]

The state of Marriage Equality in 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011
2011 will likely see a number of battles state by state across the country. Three states plus the District of Columbia are facing the prospect of losing marriage equality, an additional seven states could start the process of amending their state constitutions to ban marriage equality, five could gain marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Montana Attorney General seeks to dismiss gay rights lawsuit

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Montana's Attorney General has filed a motion seeking to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at granting same-sex couples the same legal rights as married couples. Spousal benefits are limited by definition to married couples, and the Montana Constitution defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, said AG Steve Bullock. [ Read more → ]

Montana Republican party still supports outlawing homosexuality

Friday, September 17, 2010
Gay and lesbians may be gaining more rights across the nation, but they should steer clear of Montana Republicans, who have included the criminalization of homosexual acts in their party platform for 2010. The party adopted the official platform in June that keeps a long-held... [ Read more → ]

Montana Tea Party ousts chief over anti-gay comment posted on Facebook

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The head of a Montana Tea Party group has been ousted from the organization following a controversial exchange on his Facebook page that appeared to condone violence against gays. [ Read more → ]

ACLU, seven same-sex couples sue Montana for equal protections

Saturday, July 24, 2010
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and seven gay couples in Montana filed a lawsuit against the state this week for failing to offer legal protections to same-sex couples and their families. [ Read more → ]
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