April 10, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Mont. lawmakers poised to repeal sodomy law
Montana, Helena, gay news, Washington Blade

Montana State Capitol (Photo by Roger Wollstadt via Creative Commons)

HELENA, Mont.—Montana lawmakers this week are poised to repeal the state’s sodomy law, the AP reported.

The state House of Representatives on Tuesday approved Senate Bill 107 by a 64-36 vote. It faces a second vote that was likely to have taken place on Wednesday before Gov. Steve Bullock signed it into law.

“It’s not about encouraging a lifestyle,” gay state Rep. Bryce Bennett (D-Missoula) said before his fellow lawmakers approved SB 107 that state Sen. Tom Facey (D-Missoula) introduced. “It’s simply about respecting privacy between two adults.”

Even though the Montana Supreme Court in 1997 ruled against the law, Republicans have led efforts to repeal it.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 found existing state sodomy laws unconstitutional in its landmark Lawrence v. Texas ruling.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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