Posted: Jul 17, 2013 9:17 AM by MTN News
HELENA - The ACLU, along with seven couples, is challenging Montana's law regarding same sex households. The goal is to secure benefits, worker's compensation, end of life decisions and more for same sex couples in Montana.
The Montana Supreme Court denied the ACLU and the seven plaintiff partners' appeal in December 2012. The case was filed in Helena's First Judicial Court on behalf of Jan Donaldson and Mary Anne Guggenheim, who have been partners for 30 years.
"To ask the state to create a domestic partnership statute. to create a domestic partnership program and to grant to these couples the rights and protections and obligations and benefits that come with being in a committed relationship," ACLU Montana Public Policy Director Niki Zupanic explained.
The United States Supreme Court recently ruled that same sex couples should have the same financial, tax and employment benefits as heterosexual couples, but only if they live in a state where same sex marriage is legal; Montana is not one of those states.
The amended lawsuit will be more specific in its requests this time.