Jun 10, 2014 3:59 PM by MTN News

Big Sky Pride event will be held in Butte

The 2014 Big Sky Pride Celebration will be held in Butte from June 20-22.

"Big Sky Pride is a time to recognize the victories of the LGBT community in Montana, and redouble our efforts to ensure full equality for all residents," said Kev Hamm of Helena, co-chair of Big Sky Pride. "It's time that we as a state celebrate the diversity that has helped make Montana a great place to live."

The event will include a rally, where Gov. Steve Bullock will speak, and a parade, where the plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Montana's ban on same-sex marriage will serve as grand marshals.

"From the passage of local nondiscrimination ordinances and the repeal of language criminalizing LGBT Montanans, to the recent challenge to the state's marriage ban, we've seen significant changes for our state," Bullock said in a press release. "While we celebrate these victories, Big Sky Pride will also serve as a reminder of the work left to be done to ensure that regardless of where they live, no Montanan is discriminated against because of who they are or who they love."

Last month four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit against the state of Montana aiming to overturn the state's prohibition on same-sex marriage.

Those four couples - Angie and Tonya Rolando, Shauna and Nicole Goubeaux, Ben Milano and Chase Weinhandl, and Sue Hawthorne and Adel Johnson - will serve as the grand marshals for the parade.

The event begins on Friday afternoon, June 20, and continues through the weekend.

In addition to the parade and rally, the weekend will feature art exhibits, book discussions, workshops, parties, and a religious service.

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