MT judge rules against gay couples seeking rights

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    MT judge rules against gay couples seeking rights

    MT judge rules against gay couples seeking rights - Yahoo! News

    HELENA, Mont. – A Montana judge on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that sought to extend to gay couples the same legal protections as married couples, saying in his decision that he can't grant the benefits partly because of the state's voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

    Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of the gay couples, arguing that the guarantees in the Montana Constitution of equal protection, privacy and dignity should require the state to afford the legal rights to the gay couples. The ACLU said it plans to appeal the case to the Montana Supreme Court.

    The gay couples weren't asking for the right in the lawsuit to marry, which the Montana Constitutional defines as between a man and a woman. Rather they wanted to be able to make burial, health care and other decisions, while enjoying such benefits as jointly filing taxes.

    The attorney general's office has countered in court that Montana can't extend spousal benefits to gay couples because those benefits are limited to married couples by definition since Montana voters in 2004 approved the marriage amendment.
     
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    Mean spirited bastards.
     
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    I don't understand WHY anyone would want to take this away from them. Is it that much to ask for? No.
     
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    How will this effect DADT?
     
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    The killer was probably the filing jointly on taxes request. all the others could be defined by normal contract law.
     
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    Good for that Judge
     
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    Judge up held the state law.

    If they don't like the law, they can work to change it or as Reagan said "vote with thier feet" and move.

    Hooray for states rights!
     
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    Absolutely. The federal government has been trampling all over them lately
     
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    Yeah, that damn federal government. We all thought when they got done in Selma, Alabama in the 1960's, that would be the end of it, but it looks like they're starting up again.

    When are those bastards going to leave us states alone so we can practice as much institutionalized bigotry as we want?
     
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    Because the Bible says so.
    Who cares about the US Constitution?
     

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