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ACLU: Amended complaint challenges discriminatory statutes governing police benefits, worker’s compensation, end-of-life decisions and more
William Duncan at National Review: I’m not making this up and these are only some of the more colorful passages. There’s plenty more ad hominem and amateur theology on display throughout the opinion.
“Society should protect and strengthen marriage, not undermine it. This lawsuit sought to undermine Montana’s legal definition of marriage as a man and a woman by eliminating the state’s ability to distinguish between married and unmarried couples for the purpose of benefits. Marriage expresses the truth that men and women bring distinct, irreplaceable gifts to family life. The state is on firm ground to recognize and promote that ideal for the good of society.”
KTAR.com (AP): The Montana Supreme Court on Monday rejected an “overly broad” request that gay couples be guaranteed the same benefits as married couples. The court wrote in Monday’s 4-3 decision Monday that a lower court was within its discretion when it earlier dismissed the request. But the Supreme Court left the door open for the gay couples to modify their request and try again. | Donaldson v. Montana
NECN.com: A Montana judge abdicated his responsibility when he dismissed a lawsuit by six gay couples seeking the same legal benefits as married couples, the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday in an appeal to the state’s highest court. | ACLU press release and information page
KAJ18.com: he American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Montana Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision to dismiss a same-sex domestic partnership case.
A District Court Judge in Helena has ruled in favor of the State in a motion to dismiss the same-sex partnership issue in Montana. The ACLU asked the First Judicial Court in January to recognize same-sex couples as domestic partnerships in Montana to guarantee protection of their rights.
KXLH: “The American Civil Liberties Union appeared in district court in Helena for arguments on behalf of six same-sex couples seeking domestic partnership recognition. The case, Donaldson and Guggenheim v. State of Montana, was filed in July 2010.”
Missoulian: “Attorneys for seven gay couples are asking a Montana judge to rule, prior to going to trial, that they’re being discriminated against by the state because it’s not allowing them the same rights as married couples under Montana’s Constitution.”
KULR 8: “The ACLU is moving forward with a lawsuit against the state of Montana demanding same sex couples be granted the same equal protections as married couples. The response comes exactly one month after the state of Montana filed a motion for dismissal in the case.”
ACLU of Montana’s info page (including documents) for the case is here.