Thursday, May 22, 2014

Montana Couples Sue State, Challenging Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Does this sound familiar? Four same-sex couples, this time from Montana, are suing their state to overturn Montana's ban on gay marriage.

This morning's Missoulian reports that Jim Taylor, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana, said Wednesday was a "historic day," when he filed suit on behalf of the plaintiffs: Angie and Tonya Rolando of Great Falls, Shauna and Nicole Goubeaux of Billings, Ben Milano and Chase Weinhandl of Bozeman and Sue Hawthorne and Adel Johnson of Helena.

In 2004, Montana voters approved a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages in their state.

But Wednesday's lawsuit argued that the ban "deprives same-sex couples from the important right of marriage, which has long been recognized and valued for its beneficial contribution to the welfare of society and to individual happiness."

Meanwhile, four Idaho couples are anxiously awaiting their opportunity to argue before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in their effort to overturn the Gem State's ban on same-sex marriage. Following a federal court judge's ruling that overturned Idaho's ban, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter sought, and was granted, a temporary stay, which was then made permanent May 20. pending arguments before the 9th Circuit. An ultimate decision isn't expected until sometime this fall.

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