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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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Church denies Communion to married, same-sex couple; suggests they divorce

Friday, September 19, 2014
St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, Lewistown, Mont.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- A gay couple has been told they can no longer receive Communion or participate in church ministry after a new priest at a Roman Catholic church in central Montana learned they had been married in a civil ceremony more than a year ago. The decision set off [...]

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Dillon, Mont., rejects motion to consider non-discrimination ordinance

Thursday, September 4, 2014
DILLON, Mont. -- The city council in Dillon, Mont., on Wednesday voted not to move forward on a proposed ordinance to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The council voted 6-2 against a motion to consider the ordinance, but instead asked the the city attorney to draft a [...]

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Bozeman, Mont., residents sue over LGBT non-discrimination ordinance

Friday, August 29, 2014
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Five Bozeman residents are suing the city, the mayor and city commissioners arguing the city did not have the legal authority to enact an ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. The complaint, filed in District Court, asks the court to [...]

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Billings, Mont., rejects LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Billings, Mont.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Billings City Council has rejected an ordinance to ban discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. The Billings Gazette reports the council’s decision came early Tuesday, with Mayor Tom Hanel casting the deciding vote. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: State lawyers ignore public support for marriage equality

Monday, July 28, 2014
The rules have changed yet again this week in Colorado, with new rulings on marriage from multiple courts. New polls show growing support for equality in western states, but multiple Attorneys General have filed new briefs to stop gay and lesbian couples from marrying. And another Republican member of Congress [...]

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Montana AG asks federal court to uphold same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Attorney General Tim Fox (R-Mont.)
HELENA, Mont. -- Montana's attorney general asked a federal court Thursday to uphold the state's constitutional same-sex marriage ban in response to a lawsuit that seeks to overturn it. Republican Attorney General Tim Fox said in documents filed in federal court in Great Falls that the people of Montana spoke [...]

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Bozeman, Mont., adopts LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
BOZEMAN, Mont. — Bozeman city commissioners have adopted an ordinance that prohibits discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday to adopt the ordinance, making Bozeman the fourth city in the state to do so. [...]

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Four couples file lawsuit challenging Montana’s same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
HELENA, Mont. -- Four gay couples are suing Montana over its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. That leaves North Dakota and South Dakota as the only two states with gay marriage bans and no lawsuits seeking to overturn them. [...]

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Bozeman leaders support ordinance to ban anti-LGBT discrimination

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Bozeman city leaders have given their initial backing to a measure creating protections for its LGBT citizens. [...]

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

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Butte, Mont.
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. [...]

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