Last edited: December 31, 2004

No Sodomy Prosecutions in Montana, But Law Persists

Gay City News, January 31, 2003
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Democratic State Representative Tom Facey is seeking to remove the Montana anti-sodomy law from the criminal code there, telling the Billings Gazette that he is not asking legislators to approve of "gay and lesbian lifestyles" but to confirm the privacy rights of all. The law was ruled unconstitutional by the Montana Supreme Court in 1997 and no one has ever been prosecuted under it. But laws like this can be used to persecute gay people, for example, by classifying gay or lesbian job applicants as a criminal.

Facey’s repeal effort is not without its opposition.

"I think it’s a sad thing that we have become insensitive to what God wants for this country," Harris Himes of the Big Sky Christian Center in Hamilton told the Gazette.

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