Governor signs bill decriminalizing homosexuality
Montanans apart of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community took a large step forward today as Governor Steve Bullock signed a bill that will official take language off Montana's books that criminalizes homosexuality.
For more than 20 years, LGBT activists have been at the state's Capitol fighting for equality on behalf of thousands of Montanans. And today, with a simple stroke of a pen, Governor Steve Bullock signed a bill that has turned that ongoing dream into a reality.
"If two people love each other they deserve the respect that we offer any other couple and equal rights under our law."
But the road to victory was anything but easy. Alongside the governor stood several lawmakers, all of which have carried a bill similar to SB107, but saw it fail in previous sessions. And while today is more than just a success for this community, many recognize it as just a small step leading to an even bigger goal.
Bill sponsor Sen. Tom Facey: "We've got work ahead of us work that may never be done, but for today and now, lets step back and let's celebrate."
Republican lawmakers that voted in support of the bill showed up to the ceremony, and were even recognized for their efforts. But shortly after, an eager governor rallied the crowd once more before wiping the law away for good.
"The longer I talk the longer this unconstitutional and embarrassing law continues to stay on our books!"
After Bullock finally signed the bill into law, cheers of victory were chanted and tears of joy were shed.
Story by Jill Jagelski, Beartooth NBC.
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