Montana Bill Seeks Registration of Gays
March 24, 1995
By Shannon Tangonan
Montana residents who engage in homosexual sex may soon have to register with the
state, like certain other felons.
Thats one intent of a bill that passed the state Senate Wednesday. The bill is
expected to be hammered out in a conference committee.
Voting along party lines, the Republican-controlled Senate agreed to include homosexual
sex in a bill requiring convicted sex offenders and other felons to register with local
law enforcement for life.
[missing text] ...that lumps consensual gay sex with murder, rape, aggravated assault,
incest, sexual assault and indecent exposure.
Republican state Sen. Al Bishop of Billings told the Senate that gay sex is "even
worse than a violent sexual act."
In Montana, its a felony to engage in "deviant" sexual acts, but those
having consensual homosexual sex are rarely prosecuted. Sodomy laws are on the books in 24
"The intention was to require a lifetime registration for certain violent
offenders," says Senate Minority Whip Steve Doherty, who voted for an amendment to
exclude the homosexual sex provision. That failed 18-32.
"We did not feel we had any business asking gay people to register - period,"
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