Posted: Apr 9, 2013 4:29 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - The LGBT community saw a major victory on the Montana House of Representatives floor today as lawmakers passed a bill that decriminalizes homosexuality.
Senate Bill 107 strikes language from Montana law that 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," Rep. Duane Ankney (R - Colstrip) said.
The only members to vote against the bill were Republicans who cited their religious beliefs, saying homosexuality is a sin.
"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," Rep. Jerry Bennett (R - Libby) said.
The bill must pass one more vote in the House and then heads to the governor's desk for signature.