Montana’s GOP Gets To The Point

Jim Burroway

June 28th, 2010

The Texas GOP needed 632 words to talk about all the many ways they want to legislate against LGBT Texans, including the reimposition of laws to throw gay people in jail. Which just goes to show what we’ve always known about Texans: they’re full of hot air. Montana’s GOP essentially says the same thing, but displays the directness and economy of words that the folks in Big Sky country are known for:

Homosexual Acts
We support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal.

There’s a silver lining though. They don’t seem interested in jailing anyone who conducts a same-sex marriage ceremony. But looking at the bigger picture, those mere twenty words are still saying the same thing. They want your gay butt in jail.

Lindoro Almaviva

June 28th, 2010

Too bad “the people” were told they were a bunch of bigots way too long ago and they can not do anything about it.

Sometimes I wish someone would just pass a law that was clearly pointed to criminalize something heterosexuals do. I don’t know, bad divorce and nullify every divorce (and subsequent marriage) performed since 1990. I would love to see what would happen.


June 29th, 2010

Since anti-gays like to harp on the presumed ability of heterosexual couples to reproduce “naturally,” I suggest that any heterosexual marriage which does not result in a naturally occurring (i.e. no fertility drugs, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization – only one penis ejaculating into one vagina allowed!) pregnancy within the first five years should be automatically dissolved, with no opportunity for that couple to remarry (they can try again with other spouses). I’ll be charitable and say that verified pregnancies resulting in stillbirth or miscarriage do “count” for this purpose.

Jim in MA

June 29th, 2010

Good one – I’d sign that petition any day.


June 29th, 2010

I guess they missed the notice that the Montana Supreme Court struck down the sodomy law 13 years ago in Gryczan v. Montana(1997). Not to mention that the US Supreme Court struck the remaining laws down in 2003. Where have they been?

John Trudell

June 29th, 2010

It’s been in the Montana Republican platform for a long time.

The Texas Republican platform isn’t new either. The platform has contained the same anti-gay language for years.

But it’s a good thing that somebody finally noticed it.


June 29th, 2010

Let’s hear from someone who defends the Republican party. I wonder how they could work with these hateful people?

How can this direction be a defensible situation by any sane person?

Christian Hoffland

June 29th, 2010

This, of course, completely ignores the fact that the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Lawrence vs. Texas nullifies any attempt by a state to criminalize “homosexual acts.” Sorry, Montana and Texas GOP: this is not going to fly. But thanks for trying. Not.


June 29th, 2010

It also ignores the fact that there likely is no longer a “clear will of the people” in Montana in favor of criminalization.


June 29th, 2010

Please note that party platforms very frequently include positions that the party has absolutely no intention of campaigning on or voting for. This is not in any way a new phenomenon. Traditionally, assignment to a state party’s platform committee has been a way to reward people who have raised a significant amount of money for the party but who are, for various reasons, unsuited to hold positions of actual authority within the party. If a platform position looks like it was written by someone in the manic phase of bipolar disorder, the most likely reason is that the person who wrote it was in fact bipolar and was in a manic phase when he wrote it.


July 1st, 2010

“It also ignores the fact that there likely is no longer a “clear will of the people” in Montana in favor of criminalization.” – Burr

Are you sure about that?

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