Montana Endorses Bill Decriminalizing Gay Sex

Montana Gay Sex

The Montana House endorsed a bill on Tuesday that would repeal a state law that makes gay sex a crime.

The state law outlawing homosexuality is essentially obsolete since a Montana Supreme Court decision declared it unconstitutional in 1997. However, previous attempts to remove the hateful language from the books have always been blocked by Republicans in the Legislature.

But not this time! Democratic Representative Bryce Bennett led the effort to get the decriminalization bill back on the House floor for a vote.

“This bill … is not about a lifestyle,” Bennett said. “It’s just about protecting the privacy of two adults… It’s just as simple as saying that all Montanans deserve dignity and respect.”

After an “emotional debate”, the House voted 64-36 to endorse the bill, which decriminalizes homosexuality, a felony that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $50,000.

Wait, 36 Republicans voted against this? It’s not even an enforced law!

Well, let’s hear them out:

Representative Dave Hagstrom voted against the bill because you can’t make babies with gay sex:

“To me, sex’s primary purpose is to produce people,” he said. “Sex that doesn’t produce people is deviant. That doesn’t mean it’s a problem. It just means it’s not doing its primary purpose.”

Apparently the only sex Hagstrom approves of is Duggar sex.

Republican Jerry O’Neil took a different route, arguing that the bill goes against his religious beliefs and would allow the homosexual lifestyle to be taught in schools.

“If some second-grade teacher wants to take her lover and introduce her lover to the kids, I don’t think there is anything that the school board can do to stop that.”

But the 25 Republicans who joined the 39 House Democrats in supporting the bill felt differently:

“The law is an embarrassment on the people of Montana. It should go away.” Rep. Duane Ankney argued.

Repealing the law, which lumps gay sex in with “sexual intercourse with an animal” as criminal deviate sexual conduct, would be a huge victory to gay rights activists and any Montana residents with common sense. But the measure still needs to pass a final vote before Democratic Governor Steve Bullock can sign it.

I mean, if eating roadkill is legal in Montana, surely gay sex can be too.

Via: Billings Gazette

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