ACLU sues Montana over domestic partnership rights

The ACLU on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Montana on behalf of several same-sex couples. The couples say the state denies them the same protections straight married couples receive in health care, end-of-life decision-making and inheritance.

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Out candidates win from California to Maine

Openly LGBT candidates won political races literally from coast to coast on Tuesday, with key wins in California, Montana and Maine.

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Montana Court: Same-sex parent has custody rights

Missoulian
September 30, 2008
A Missoula District Court judge on Monday confirmed Michelle Kulstad's custody rights to children she raised for years with a same-sex partner, who then sought sole custody when the relationship ended. “To discriminate further against Ms. Kulstad because of her sexual preference in this day and age is no different than telling a person to go to the back of the bus because of her skin color,” District Judge Ed McLean wrote. [Link]

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Court rules church unlawful in campaign against marriage equality

First Amendment Center
October 2, 2006
The church became an "incidental campaign committee" by holding meetings, distributing petitions, and being involved in political activities. [link]

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State University System excludes couples from partner benefits

365Gay.com
May 9, 2005
A court ruling stated Montana's University System must provide benefits to domestic partners of its employees. Unfortunately, stringent restrictions require the couples to provide proof of partnership that many say are unreasonable. [link]

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Montana Senate endorses limited rights to gay couples

365Gay.com
March 3, 2005
The Senate approved legislation allowing residents to designate anyone, regardless of sexuality, as their next of kin. The bill also allows hospital visitation and authority to make medical decisions. The legislation now moves forward to the House. [link]

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