Montana's hate crimes statute does not cover violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Montana has provided benefits to same-sex partners of state employees since 2005.
As of 2013, both the City of Missoula and Missoula County have domestic partnership registries.
Sodomy was not decriminalized until 2013.
The city of Missoula was one of 25 municipalities to receive a perfect 100 score from the Human Rights Campaign in its 2013 Municipal Equality Index. And, Missoula shows up on Facebook as a hotbed of LGBTQ activism.
Marriage equality was banned by a 1997 statute and a 2004 constitutional ban, Montana Initiative 96 from 1997 until 2014.
19 November 2014, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris struck down Montana's ban on marriage equality. His ruling went into effect immediately.