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Montana has decriminalized homosexual relationships
(Blogmensgo, May 4, 2013) The Governor Democrat from Montana, Steve Bullock, ratified April 18, 2013 a law to abolish the criminalization of homosexual relations in the state. The law thus abolished, which considered the relationship between persons of the same sex as a crime is no longer applied after it has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Montana in 1997. The law had not been repealed.
Video of the repeal by the Senate on second reading is here (to the forty-fifth minute). Video also below (from the beginning), but the connection was very poor tonight.
This enactment repeals a provision of the Criminal Code of Montana persisted to consider as a sexual deviance while "sexual contact or sexual relationship between two people of the same sex" and put these relationships on the same level as bestiality. Violators faced up to ten years in prison and a fine of $ 50 000.
Decriminalization has been successively passed by both Houses of Parliament, after being held in the penal code repeatedly. Sodomy is no longer considered a crime or federal offense for a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003.
This is only the second major legal victory for the LGBT community in Montana. The first victory was in 1997, when an action brought by Linda Gryczan has led to the stop of the Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of the old law.
Governor Bullock signed the decree repealed with Senator Tom Facey, author of the bill ( SB 107 ), and Linda Gryczan.
Comment. can only welcome the abolition of a law as medieval.
Nevertheless, I am appalled by the continued resolutely elected obscurantist. No fewer than 11 senators (against 38) and 35 MPs (against 64) Montana refused to decriminalize homosexual relations. Apparently for religious reasons, like the Republican Congressman Jerry Bennett.
This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.