Montana Votes To Make Gay Sex Legal

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The state of Montana just voted to become a friendlier place for gay couples. Tuesday, after a sensational half-hour debate, Montana’s House voted 64-36 to repeal the state’s law that makes gay sex a crime. “Deviate Sexual Relations,” as the law is labeled, carries a penalty of up to ten years in prison and a fine of $50,000 if convicted. The Senate Bill 107 will be up for a final vote in the House on Wednesday and if passed there will be sent to Gov. Steve Bullock to be signed and become the law. This House action comes 16 years after the state Supreme Court ruled that criminalizing gay sex is unconstitutional and ten years after the Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence V. Texas the law unconstitutional. [Billings Gazette]

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