Tag Archives: Montana

Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: We picked up three states with marriage this week. But in one of those states, some clerks are refusing to issue licenses. Alabama’s attorneys are using a discredited anti-gay researcher to build a case for banning marriage. And we have more bad news for what’s left of the National Organization for Marriage.

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MONTANA: County Allows Staff To Refuse Marriage Licenses Over Religious Beliefs

Via Montana’s CBS affiliate: A few clerks in Yellowstone County have decided not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of their religious beliefs. The county anticipated the ruling and the human resources department had told Clerk of District Court Kristie Boelter that employees can choose not to issue marriage licenses for religious reasons. The County cited Title VII …

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Celebration In Montana

(Via JMG reader Sam)

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MONTANA: Marriages Commence

Same-sex marriage technically began late yesterday afternoon in Montana after a federal judge struck down that state’s ban. But the true rush to clerks’ offices begins today. Gay couples were expected to line up for marriage licenses Thursday at county courthouses across Montana after a federal judge tossed out the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. At least two counties — …

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Tweet Of The Day – Ellen DeGeneres

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MONTANA: Local Haters Have The Sadz

“I am heartbroken for the people of Montana who have had the redefinition of marriage forced on them by an out-of-control federal judiciary. I am also grieved for the children of same-sex couples who have no chance of growing up with a mom and a dad. While we mourn the direction of a misguided judiciary, we’re encouraged by the fact …

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MONTANA: AG Tim Fox Vows To Appeal

“It is the attorney general’s sworn duty to uphold and defend Montana’s constitution until such time as there is no further review or no appeal can be made in a court of law. Fulfilling that duty, the state of Montana will appeal this ruling in light of the fact that there are conflicting federal court decisions and no final word …

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Montana’s Governor Has The Gladz

“Today’s decision ensures we are closer to fulfilling our promise of freedom, dignity, and equality for all Montanans. It is a day to celebrate our progress, while recognizing the qualities that bind us as Montanans: a desire to make a good life for ourselves and our families, while providing greater opportunities to the next generation. I have instructed my administration …

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Montana Joins The Sapphire States

Big Sky Country has already turned our favorite shade of blue, thanks to our sort of in-house Wikipedia marriage map monitor. Now we wait for the usual GOP flailing. Is this state #34 or can we not yet fully count Kansas?

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BREAKING: Montana! Montana! Montana!

Read the ruling. The Court hereby DECLARES that Montana’s laws that ban same-sex marriage, including Article XIII, section 7 of the Montana Constitution, and Montana Code Annotated section 40-1-103 and section 40-1-401, violate Plaintiffs’ rights to equal protection of the laws as guaranteed by the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Court PERMANENTLY …

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MONTANA: Federal Judge Cancels Gay Marriage Hearing, Will Likely Rule Shortly

Via the Bozeman Daily Chronicle: A U.S. District Court judge has vacated a hearing in a lawsuit filed by four couples who seek to overturn Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Brian Morris had originally set a hearing for federal court in Great Falls on Thursday, Nov. 20, after the plaintiffs’ lawyers filed a motion for summary judgement in their …

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MONTANA: AG Tim Fox Fights On

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is continuing to defend his state’s ban on same-sex marriage with a response brief that compares gay nuptials to incest and polygamy. The brief also makes the usual blah-blah procreation argument, but primarily focuses on the level of scrutiny issue. Dig into the full brief at Equality Case Files.

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MONTANA: Republican Steve Daines Wins Seat Held by Retiring Sen. John Walsh

Walsh was appointed to replace Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who retired earlier this year before the end of his term. Walsh then dropped out of the race after plagiarism charges resulted in the revocation of his master’s degree. State Rep. Amanda Curtis was then chosen to run in Walsh’s place. Another Senate pickup for the GOP.

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Editorial Of The Day

From Montana’s Great Falls Tribune: One after another, federal appeals courts, including the 9th Circuit that covers Montana, have thrown out gay marriage bans in other states, and Montana’s position will be overturned. Why? Because that stance discriminates against gays, lesbians and others. It is unfair to these folks, regardless of some Americans who disapprove of their sexual orientation. The …

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “The number of states with marriage has gone up yet again this week. Only a handful of states are still trying to defend their marriage bans, and they’re quickly running out of ways to delay their inevitable loss. A straight couple in Kansas has filed a new anti-gay lawsuit, and it’s nuts. A federal judge just ruled against …

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MONTANA: Court Sets November 20th Date For Immediate Marriage Hearing

Montana and South Carolina are fighting to be the last state to fall after the huge victories of two weeks ago.

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Tweet Of The Day – Evan Wolfson

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MONTANA: ACLU Files For Summary Judgment In Marriage Equality Case

Via ACLU Montana: In one of the last remaining steps for Montana to become a marriage equality state, the ACLU of Montana today filed a motion for the U.S. District Court of Montana to rule in favor of four same-sex couples suing for marriage. “We don’t think there are any material facts in dispute, and so the case can be …

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MONTANA: Anti-Gays Sue To Overturn Non-Discrimination Ordinance In Bozeman

Earlier this month the mayor of Billings, Montana cast the deciding vote to reject a proposed LGBT non-discrimination ordinance. Buoyed by that victory, haters are pointing their horns at a similar bill that was passed in Bozeman just a few weeks ago. The complaint filed by attorney Michael San Souci in District Court this week asks the court to declare …

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Perkins Cheers Defeat Of Billings Bill

“It was well after 3:00 a.m., but to people in Billings, Montana, it was never too late to stand up to the forces of political correctness. Thanks to Mayor Tom Hanel, that’s exactly what the largest city in the state did — beating back a dangerous bathroom bill that would have literally opened the doors of Billings’s public showers, locker …

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