STATUS: Anti-marriage constitutional amendment
TAKE ACTION: State advocacy groups are working toward fairness for all of Montana's families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in the state.
HISTORY: In 2004, anti-gay forces in Montana pushed through Initiative 96, a constitutional amendment that excluded same-sex couples from marriage.
In 2009, a domestic partnership bill was proposed in the state legislature, but it was unsuccessful. In July 2010, seven same-sex couples from Montana filed a lawsuit seeking full partnership protections in the state.
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
POLLING DATA: A growing number of voters in Montana support marriage, with 43% saying it should be allowed. Additionally, 64% of respondents said they support either marriage or civil union for same-sex couples. (Public Policy Polling, February 2013)
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES: According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 1,348 same-sex couples are living in Montana, representing 3.3 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
Blog Posts Related to Montana
Today, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) became the 44th United States Senator to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act (S. 1236), the bill that would fully repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, definitively ending federal marriage discrimination and ensuring certainty regardless of where a legally married same-sex couple lives.
In the past week, nine U.S. Senators have announced their support for the freedom to marry, explaining how their views have evolved and how they have come to understand that now is the time to stand on the Right Side of History.
Last week, the Montana Democratic Party approved a freedom to marry plank in the official party platform. Now, MT Senator Max Baucus, who voted to approve the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, is applauding the decision.
Resources Related to Montana
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Montana.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".