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Apr 9, 2013 6:27 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News

Montana House votes to decriminalize homosexuality

HELENA - The LGBT community saw a major victory on the House floor Tuesday as lawmakers passed a bill which decriminalizes homosexuality.

Senate Bill 107 strikes language from Montana law which makes it illegal to have homosexual sex.
In a 64 to 36 vote Republicans and Democrats voted to take the language out of Montana code.
Some Lawmakers told their personal stories about how their friends and family members deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

"I know the power of prayer and the power of God, and I don't think God thinks any less of my daughter than he does of anyone of you in here," said MT Rep. Duane Ankey (R - Colstrip).

The only members to vote against the bill were Republicans who cited their religious beliefs saying homosexuality is a sin.

Representative Jerry Bennett (R - Libby) stated, "It is the thief, the devil that comes to steal our life, to kill us, to rob us. Christ said I come so that you might have it to the fullest, and that's my desire for everyone here."

The bill must pass one more vote in the House and then heads to the Governor's desk for signature.

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