Marriage Equality USA

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  • 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.

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