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MONTANA: Local Haters Celebrate Rejection Of LGBT Rights Bill In Billings

“We are so thankful for your faithful prayers and your unwavering support to defeat this ordinance. Please consider sending a quick email to the council members and Mayor Hanel, who voted against the ordinance, thanking them for standing strong in the face of much adversity.” – The Montana Family Foundation, who will host Fox News reporter Todd Starnes at its …

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MONTANA: GOP Billings Mayor Casts Deciding Vote Against LGBT Rights Bill

Via the Billings Gazette: Saying he doesn’t believe Billings is ready for a nondiscrimination ordinance, Mayor Tom Hanel cast the decisive vote just past 3 a.m. Tuesday to defeat the long-debated measure. Hanel said he applied a standard from Rotary International to help him reach his decision: “I needed to ask myself, is this fair to everyone, beneficial to everyone? …

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Editorial Of The Day

From the editorial board of Montana’s Billings Gazette: Is it OK for a good worker to be fired because her employer learned she is lesbian? Is it right for a landlord to refuse to rent to otherwise qualified tenants because they are gay? Should local businesses be allowed to refuse service to people because they appear to be transgender? The …

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MONTANA: GOP State AG Asks Federal Court To Uphold Same-Sex Marriage Ban

GOP Montana Attorney General Tim Fox has asked a federal court to uphold his state’s ban on same-sex marriage because it does not discriminate against gay people. Fox, in documents filed in federal court in Great Falls, denied all the allegations brought by the four gay couples who filed the lawsuit in May. The move was not unexpected, as Fox …

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “More than sixteen and a half million Americans gained marriage equality last week, with decisive victories in Oregon and Pennsylvania. We have brand new lawsuits in the last few states that needed one. And the National Organization for Marriage has suffered even more losses this week.”

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MONTANA: First Marriage Suit Filed, Dem Gov. Steve Bullock Welcomes Action

Via the Associated Press: 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. The Montana lawsuit was being filed Wednesday in federal court in Great Falls, with help from the Montana ACLU. It …

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Four States Left

Via Good As You.

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MONTANA: Catholic Diocese Files For Bankruptcy Over Sex Abuse Suits

Montana’s Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena yesterday filed for bankruptcy protection as it settles molestation lawsuits filed on behalf of hundreds of children. “The settlement here will be as much help financially as we can offer to claimants,” the spokesman, Dan Bartleson, told NBCNews.com. “And the bankruptcy puts us in a place at the diocese where we can care for …

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Antonin Scalia: The Courts Should Not Invent New Minorities With Special Rights

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia blathered his usual crapola before a room packed with wingnuts in Montana yesterday. “It’s not up to the courts to invent new minorities that get special protections,” Scalia said to the audience at a Federalist Society event in Bozeman, Mt., presumably talking about the Court’s recent rulings on marriage equality. When the Court ruled against …

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ACLU Sues Montana For Marriage Benefits

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against Montana on behalf of seven gay couples who have been denied the benefits of marriage. The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed its amended complaint after the state Supreme Court rejected its first lawsuit in December for being too broad and not identifying specific laws that are discriminatory. In the amended lawsuit, …

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NYT Ponders Legacy Of Ken Mehlman

The New York Times is wondering what Ken Mehlman’s legacy will be regarding LGBT rights. Mr. Mehlman, 46, remains the hyper-intense, guarded strategist he was in his Bush days, with the same habit of looking past people instead of meeting their eyes. He shuns most interviews and still deflects personal questions, as he did back when rumors about his sexuality …

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Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) To Retire

The Washington Post reports: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is retiring rather than seek re-election in 2014, according to two senior Democratic strategists familiar with his plans. First elected in 1978, Baucus has been the top Democrat on the powerful committee since 2001. The likely Democratic candidate to succeed him would be former governor Brian Schweitzer, sources said. …

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MONTANA: Sodomy No Longer Illegal

Montana’s governor has signed the bill repealing the state’s ban on sodomy. When Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed Senate Bill 107 decriminalizing gay sex, cheers erupted in the Capitol’s Rotunda. It had been 16 years after the state Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional and 24 years after gay rights activists began their fight to take government out of the …

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Montana House Repeals Sodomy Ban

Zack Ford has the news at Think Progress: “Just now, the Montana House held its third and final vote on SB 107, a bill to repeal the state’s unconstitutional sodomy law. The final vote was 64-36, meaning there were still 36 lawmakers who believes that gay sex should remain criminal under law.”  The Montana Senate repealed the ban in January …

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MONTANA: Openly Gay Rep. Bryce Bennett Intros Bill To Decriminalize Gay Sex

Openly gay Montana state Rep. Bryce Bennett yesterday introduced a bill to formally decriminalize gay sex in his state. “Under this law, I am considered a felon,” Bennett said. “I am not your equal.” Bennett said that even though he won’t be prosecuted, he still feels the law’s “sting” and resents that Montana law classifies gay sex as sexual deviance, …

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The GOP Is Not Racist

From Montana’s Cowgirl Blog: “Jennifer Olsen is the leader of Montana’s largest TEA Party faction, the Yellowstone County Montana Shrugged TEA Party. She’s also the chair of the Republican party in Billings, the Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee.” This story actually broke about ten days ago, but I just got the tip from JMG reader Win.

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MONTANA: Capital City Of Helena Unanimously Approves LGBT Protections

Montana’s capital city yesterday unanimously approved broad anti-discrimination protections for LGBT residents. In a unanimous vote Monday night, the Helena City Commission passed an ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and many kinds of public accommodation based on sexual orientation. Hundreds of people turning out to support or oppose the measure, with the commission opening two additional rooms in …

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MONTANA: State Supreme Court Rejects Equal Benefits For Gay Couples

The Montana state Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling that gay couples are not entitled to the same benefits as married straight couples. The court wrote in Monday’s 4-3 decision the request was “overly broad” and sided with a lower court’s decision last year to dismiss the lawsuit. But the Supreme Court left …

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MONTANA: Bullet-Riddled “Obama Outhouse” Seen Outside GOP Meeting

Talking Points Memo has the story: Outside the Montana state Republican Party convention this weekend was an outhouse labeled the “Obama Presidential Library” and covered in painted-on bullet holes. Inside the outhouse contained a fake birth certificate for Barack Hussein Obama, according to the Helena Independent Record. It was stamped “Bull——.” A graffito advised “For a Good Time call 800-Michelle …

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MONTANA: State Democratic Party Places Marriage Equality In Official Platform

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