According to an article in the Billings Gazette, six gay couples are challenging Montana’s discriminatory statute defining marriage as between one man and one woman (another DOMA). The statute became law in 2004. The plaintiffs have said that they are not seeking the right to marry but do want to be able to enjoy the right to make health care decisions for their partners, file joint tax returns and the like.
“You don’t get to deny those rights based on a policy that infringes on the Montana Constitution,” said Bozeman attorney James Goetz, who spoke for the plaintiffs Tuesday.
The ACLU is involved in the case, Donaldson and Guggenheim v. Montana.
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