Tag Archives: Montana

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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Montana Democrat Launches Bid For Congress With Gay Marriage Ad

Montana Democrat Dave Strohmaier has gotten on our radar with this ad launching his campaign for Congress.

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MONTANA: Supreme Court To Hear Partner Benefits Case For Same-Sex Couples

On Friday the Montana Supreme Court will hear the case of six same-sex couples who have sued to have their partners covered by their package of employee benefits. The Montana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Donaldson & Guggenheim, et al. v. State of Montana on Friday at the University of Montana. The session will start …

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Busted Preacher: The Gays Did It

Anti-gay activist Pastor Harris Himes, who yesterday surrendered in Montana on six felony fraud counts, told reporters that it was the gays (and others) who set him up. Himes was required to surrender his passport and will next appear in District Court on either Oct. 6 or Oct. 20. He didn’t keep a low profile after leaving the Ravalli County …

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MONTANA: Leading Anti-Gay Activist Charged With Six Felony Fraud Counts

Pastor Harris Himes (above, at the microphone), the most well-known anti-gay activist in Montana, has been charged with six felony counts of theft and fraud related to a business scheme he allegedly orchestrated with another pastor. Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman said Harris Himes turned himself in Wednesday morning after learning that there was a warrant for his arrest. District …

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Remember The Asshat Legislator Who Tried To Repeal LGBT Rights In Montana?

She’s totally a closeted lesbian. So says my very trusted tipster who adds this about Montana state GOP Rep. Kristin Hansen: “She lives with a woman who she introduces to others as her ‘friend’ but has confirmed to a handful of people is her partner. The partner’s ex has also been telling people what’s up.” Hansen was first elected to …

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Montana State GOP Rep Celebrates: Gays Can’t Act Gay In Public In My State

Montana GOP state Rep. Bill Peterson claims that since the state legislature blocked a recent move to decriminalize homosexuality, there are happily still two laws which he can use to persecute gay people. According to Peterson, chair of the House Judiciary Committee, there are at least two prosecutable offenses—felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 …

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Montana GOP Rep Defends Drunk Drivers

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MONTANA: House Blocks Bill To Decriminalize Homosexuality

Yesterday the Montana House blocked an attempt to bring a bill decriminalizing homosexuality to a vote before the the full body. Earlier this month the GOP-led Montana House Judiciary Committee tabled the bill, but last night openly gay Rep. Diana Sands tried to force the issue before the full chamber. The motion by Rep. Diane Sands, D-Missoula, to blast Senate …

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MONTANA: Anti-Gay Rights Bill Fails

Tea Party-backed GOP Rep. Kristen Hansen’s attempt to overturn all LGBT rights laws in Montana has been sent back to committee in the state Senate, probably never to be heard from again. The Senate Local Government Committee passed House Bill 516 last week. But the bill was returned to the committee Tuesday and chairman Sen. Jon Sonju says it is …

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MONTANA: House Committee Kills Bill Decriminalizing Homosexuality

It’s still technically illegal to be gay in Montana, thanks to their GOP-led House Judiciary Committee which today voted down a bill which would have brought the state in line with the Supreme Court’s landmark 2003 ruling in Lawrence Vs. Texas. Somebody needs to orchestrate an arrest by a gay-friendly cop and then sue the fuck out of Montana, pronto.

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MONTANA: Bill To Ban All Local LGBT Rights Passes House 60-39

Montana’s House yesterday voted 60-39 to approve Rep. Kristin Hansen’s bill to ban all local LGBT rights ordinances in the state. The House took the first steps Tuesday toward striking down Missoula’s 2010 ordinance that bans discrimination against city residents based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Missoula’s Democratic legislators were infuriated by the passage of House …

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MONTANA: Bill To Ban All Local LGBT Rights Passes Committee Vote

The Tea Party-backed bill to ban local LGBT rights ordinances in Montana today passed a committee vote and will move forward to the full state House. The committee voted to endorse House Bill 516, by Rep. Kristin Hansen, R-Havre, which would prohibit local governments from enacting ordinances or other policies like Missoula’s that include, as a protected class from discrimination, …

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MONTANA: Tea Party Rep Introduces Bill Overturning All Local LGBT Rights

Tea Party-backed Montana GOP Rep. Kristen Hansen has introduced a bill that would overturn all local LGBT rights laws in the state. The bill “limits all local rights ordinances to state-protected classes” of people. Montana House Bill 516. Via Montana Capitol Report, we learn that GOP lawmakers refused to allow opponents of the bill to be heard, even though anti-gay …

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MONTANA: Tea Party Rep Introduces Bill Declaring Global Warming “Beneficial”

Newly elected Tea Party-backed Montana GOP state Rep. Joe Read has introduced a bill declaring that global warming is not only natural, it benefits the economy of his state. From Montana House Bill 429: The legislature finds that to ensure economic development in Montana and the appropriate management of Montana’s natural resources it is necessary to adopt a public policy …

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