Saturday, July 24, 2010

Montana Same-sex Partnerships: ACLU Fights Voters

Despite the Montana constitution that defines marriage as one man and one woman, homosexualists are pressing the courts to defy the will of the people to achieve the same legal standing for same-sex couples as those married.

-- From "ACLU sues Montana over rights for same-sex couples" Associated Press 7/22/10

The ACLU filed the lawsuit Thursday in Helena on behalf of seven gay couples living in the state.

The plaintiffs say state law denies them the same rights as married couples when it comes to health care, end-of-life decisions and inheritance.

They are asking a judge to require the state to make laws and regulations giving gay couples and their families the same protections as married couples.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Montana ACLU files lawsuit seeking same-sex protections" By KXLH News, Helena, MT 7/23/10

The Montana Constitution bars recognition of same-sex marriage.

Betsy Griffing, legal director for ACLU Montana, said, “It’s unfair for same-sex couples who have made commitments and formed families to be treated by the state like legal strangers. Lesbian, gay and bisexual Montanans are valuable and productive members of society who should be treated fairly if their partner is in the hospital or dies without a will.”

Plaintiffs in the case Donaldson and Guggenheim v. State of Montana are Mary Anne Guggenheim and Jan Donaldson of Helena, Stacey Haugland and Mary Leslie of Bozeman, Mike Long and Rich Parker of Bozeman, MJ Williams and Nancy Owens of Basin, Rick Wagner and Gary Stallings of Butte, Denise Boettcher and Kellie Gibson of Laurel, and Casey Charles and David Wilson of Missoula.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.