Montana GOP lawmaker seeks to repeal anti-gay law

Timothy Kincaid

September 20th, 2010

Back in June we, along with many others, noted that the platform of the Montana Republican Party included this position:

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

As it turns out, this was a position that had sat in their platform since 1997 and no one really noticed that it was there. But the attention proved to be embarrassing to some in the party. (AP)

“I looked at that and said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,'” state Sen. John Brueggeman, R-Polson, said last week. “Should it get taken out? Absolutely. Does anybody think we should be arresting homosexual people? If you take that stand, you really probably shouldn’t be in the Republican Party.”

Revising the Party platform requires a process involving committees and conventions and cannot happen over night. However, this has prompted Brueggeman to take action where he can. He is going after the defunct sodomy law that, though unenforceable, still sits on the Montana law books. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

State Sen. John Brueggeman says he is requesting a draft of a bill to strike down the law. The bill would be considered by the 2011 Legislature, which convenes in January.

The Polson Republican has criticized the GOP platform statement. He now says Montana shouldn’t have such a discriminatory law, even if it can’t be enforced.

I guess a little embarrassment can be a motivator.

Lynn David

September 20th, 2010

Some people have a conscience.

Franck

September 21st, 2010

So the Montana GOP proves to be made of human beings who made an error and are at least trying to correct it…

Texas GOP, I’m looking at you, can’t say the same about you.

Matt

September 21st, 2010

A bigger tent for Big Sky…

Kudos to Sen. Brueggeman!

Embarcadero

September 21st, 2010

This is a slightly misleading headline. It’s not a law (since the Supreme Court of Montana ruled on the issue) but, rather, a clause in the GOP platform for the state.

Maurice Lacunza

September 21st, 2010

I called both Montana Senators to support the repeal of DADT. Sen. Testor said that any person that wants to serve in the military should be able to.

Sadly, Senator Baucus has not issued a statement of his postion; as of yesterday anyway.

Maybe Montana will see their way out of the dark ages and into the age of equality considering this report and the 7 lesbian couples from Bozeman who brought suit.

I am encouraged at least. I love Montana!

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