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Montana

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

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Montana
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
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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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Ten attorneys general file brief supporting Nev. same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, February 3, 2014
Nevada
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.

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

| Friday, December 6, 2013
Butte, Mont.
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.

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

| Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Montana state capitol in Helena, Mont.
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.

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Mont. Board of Regents expands anti-discrimination policy

| Thursday, July 18, 2013
Montana
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.

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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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