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Montana gov. to sign bill decriminalizing gay sex
Associated Press ^ | April 18, 2013 | KATHRYN HAAKE

Posted on 04/18/2013 9:56:11 AM PDT by oxcart

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will sign into law a bill that decriminalizes gay sex, 16 years after the state supreme court ruled the law unconstitutional.

The bill's passage received an emotional response from gay-rights activists, who have struggled for 20 years to remove the obsolete law.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: gaysex; homosexualagenda; montana; moralabsolutes; sexpositiveagenda; stevebullock; stevebuttocks

1 posted on 04/18/2013 9:56:11 AM PDT by oxcart
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To: oxcart; Revolting cat!

"Have at IT!!!"

2 posted on 04/18/2013 9:58:30 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: oxcart

I thought anti-sodomy laws were already ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court back in 2003?


3 posted on 04/18/2013 9:58:34 AM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

Sodomites want the stigma removed and the laws stricken from the books. Something they were unable to accomplish through the legislatures which is why they went the activist judge route.


4 posted on 04/18/2013 9:59:51 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: JerseyanExile

Sodomites want the stigma removed and the laws stricken from the books. Something they were unable to accomplish through the legislatures which is why they went the activist judge route.


5 posted on 04/18/2013 9:59:56 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: JerseyanExile

that’s what I thought too... and yet ... I saw an article here posted the other day about a teacher that had oral sex with a young male student being charged for “sodomy” and could face up to LIFE in prison for it!


6 posted on 04/18/2013 10:01:14 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: oxcart

As much as I believe that gay sex is sinful and as much as I am repelled by it, I don’t think that a law punishing sodomy is in the best interest of a free society.

Having said that, I believe likewise, that laws FORCING or COERCING devout, religious people to celebrate, accept and subsidize such acts are evil.


7 posted on 04/18/2013 10:01:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: oxcart

Well this is the utmost importance after all, 3% of our country care about it and it’s not like we’re drowning in taxes and regulation and can’t afford to feed our family and drive to work.
Sure, anal sex should be top priority everywhere. This is why I work and get half my income taken; to pay the salary of some dopey lawyer politician who obsesses on making sure anal sex is promoted and legal.


8 posted on 04/18/2013 10:01:55 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: SeekAndFind

Well said.


9 posted on 04/18/2013 10:03:46 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: oxcart

Now, for the sheep...........


10 posted on 04/18/2013 10:06:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: SeekAndFind

You said....
“As much as I believe that gay sex is sinful and as much as I am repelled by it, I don’t think that a law punishing sodomy is in the best interest of a free society.

Having said that, I believe likewise, that laws FORCING or COERCING devout, religious people to celebrate, accept and subsidize such acts are evil.”

Agree.


11 posted on 04/18/2013 10:09:45 AM PDT by LMAO ("Begging hands and Bleeding hearts will only cry out for more"...Anthem from Rush)
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To: oxcart; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; Impy
The article doesn't mention the Governor's party affiliation, so I googled it and he's a RAT. How the heck does Montana keep ending up with RAT Governors and RAT Senators? He's probably a liberal RAT too. If the Dems had the kind of defeatist "leadership" we have our side, they'd be lecturing their members that Montana is a "Romney state" and a pro-life, anti-gay rights, Bush loving Democrat is "the best we're gonna get in a state like this"

Exhibit #4,653,765 why the Dems are in power and we're not

12 posted on 04/18/2013 10:10:17 AM PDT by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well said and I agree. Not every sin is a crime. If two consenting gay adults want to have sex, we may not agree with it but that does not mean they should be locked up for it. I also agree that the government should not advocate on behalf of gay people or subsidize them with tax dollars.


13 posted on 04/18/2013 10:10:23 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: LMAO

You said....
“As much as I believe that gay sex is sinful and as much as I am repelled by it, I don’t think that a law punishing sodomy is in the best interest of a free society.

Having said that, I believe likewise, that laws FORCING or COERCING devout, religious people to celebrate, accept and subsidize such acts are evil.”

Agree.

Agree as well, certain behavior, however legal, should ALWAYS have a social stigma attached to it and should always be kept “at the margins” of the civil society.


14 posted on 04/18/2013 10:17:51 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Red Badger
Now, for the sheep...........

Yep, farm critters better start covering their butts.

15 posted on 04/18/2013 10:25:45 AM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: a fool in paradise

Sodomites want the stigma removed and the laws stricken from the books. Something they were unable to accomplish through the legislatures which is why they went the activist judge route.

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You are commenting without having read the article (which is of course a cottage industry here at FR - myself included).

3rd paragraph:

“The bill received the Senate’s endorsement earlier in the session with little fanfare, but was stuck in a GOP-controlled House committee until Democrat Bryce Bennett of Missoula led the effort to put the measure to a vote in the House.”


16 posted on 04/18/2013 10:52:06 AM PDT by dmz
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To: dmz
This is a SYMBOLIC gesture. The act itself is no longer prosecuted.

YES for the Governor to sign it, it must be in a bill.

BUT it is meaningless in "changing law" now.

YOU should do more reading, perhaps.http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/montana-house-endorses-measure-to-decriminalize-gay-sex/article_79b4d3e9-c54a-5cc5-86cd-695dcf6d5750.html

“It’s not about encouraging a lifestyle,” said Rep. Bryce Bennett, D-Missoula, one of the Legislature’s only openly gay members. “It’s simply about respecting privacy between two adults. … It’s just as simple as saying that all Montanans deserve dignity and respect.”

...Passage of SB107 would culminate more than 20 years of attempts by gay and lesbian activists and their supporters to repeal the law, which lumps gay sex in with “sexual intercourse with an animal” as criminal deviate sexual conduct...

A 1997 decision by the Montana Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional and Montana prosecutors have not enforced it – but repeated attempts to repeal the law, until Tuesday, have been blocked primarily by Republicans in the Legislature....

...But other GOP members spoke in favor, including Rep. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip, who said the law labeled his own daughter a criminal. “To say she is any less of a person or a criminal for her lifestyle … really upsets me,” he said. “I consider myself a good Christian … and I don’t think God thinks any less of my daughter than he does of any one of you in here. The law is an embarrassment on the people of Montana. It should go away.”

Activists have been pushing for repeal even since the state supreme court invalidated it (far earlier than the USSC). IF they felt the PUBLIC was supportive of the measure, they should've have changed the law in the legislature, not the courts.

17 posted on 04/18/2013 11:08:35 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: JerseyanExile; a fool in paradise
I thought anti-sodomy laws were already ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court back in 2003?

The laws still remained on several states' books after the Court decision, which only prevented them from being enforced. Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas still have their anti-sodomy laws officially in their penal codes.

This is not good for Montana, because the sodomite lobby, as always, deem permission as promotion (which is exactly what they did with Lawrence v. Texas), and are likely to now launch a massive campaign to push their perverted agenda in schools and workplaces with the State's enforcement powers.

They've been fighting to have Kansas' anti-homosexual sodomy law stricken, but have not succeeded - yet. I pray that they never do. It remains as a public sanction against their perversion.

18 posted on 04/18/2013 1:07:27 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: JerseyanExile; a fool in paradise
I thought anti-sodomy laws were already ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court back in 2003?

The laws still remained on several states' books after the Court decision, which only prevented them from being enforced. Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas still have their anti-sodomy laws officially in their penal codes.

This is not good for Montana, because the sodomite lobby, as always, deem permission as promotion (which is exactly what they did with Lawrence v. Texas), and are likely to now launch a massive campaign to push their perverted agenda in schools and workplaces with the State's enforcement powers.

They've been fighting to have Kansas' anti-homosexual sodomy law stricken, but have not succeeded - yet. I pray that they never do. It remains as a public sanction against their perversion.

19 posted on 04/18/2013 1:11:08 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: oxcart

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock will sign into law a bill that decriminalizes gay sex

No he signed a law decriminalizing Homosexual sex. As an American I refuse to allow the language to be changed to push a pervert agenda.


20 posted on 04/18/2013 1:23:00 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: oxcart
Home on the range...tonight's movie is “Brokeback Mountain” with sheep.
21 posted on 04/18/2013 10:39:08 PM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican

Montana Governor was up in 2012. A new rat was elected to succeed the old rat. He won by 48.90% to 47.34%. The Libertarian, a random d-bag in a cowboy hat who looks like a heroin addict got 3.76%. Fail.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/15/1162077/-Libertarians-provided-the-margin-for-Democrats-in-at-least-nine-elections

And the Constitution Party almost cost us the Nevada Senate race. This is one reason why I was reluctant to vote third party against Kirk and Topinka, though I did. Those 2 LP candidates were decent but I hated to encourage them. It’s not like they just run when the Republican is crappy. The Libertarian had more votes than Quinn’s margin over Brady.

Johnson clearly took mostly from Romney despite polling that showed it was likely to be a fairly even leech. Socialists obviously won’t vote LP even if they love weed and hate war.


22 posted on 04/18/2013 11:45:40 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican

As for this bill, a waste of time. The law was invalided by the State Supremes long before Lawrence V. Texas invalidated all sodomy laws.

This was just the rats blowing a kiss to the gays.

Legislatures dither on important things but always have time for the pointless crap.


23 posted on 04/18/2013 11:48:00 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican

Excuse me I meant both parties blowing a kiss to the gays. We control the legislature.


24 posted on 04/18/2013 11:52:44 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: SeekAndFind

You are so liberal libertarian and nice. Nice to see how “tolerant” you are.

Me-— I could care less if anti-sodomy laws remain on the books. Fine by me. A good reminder of how disgusting this stuff is. Sodom and Gomorrah got destroyed for a reason.

It was better when these idiots were in the closet and did whatever they did far away from where they would annoy anyone. But today the tail wags the dog so we are forced to hear about their gay marriage and gay issues 24 hours a day


25 posted on 04/18/2013 11:56:29 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing - Joe Pine)
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