At a time when gays have been gaining victories across the country, the Republican Party in Montana still wants to make homosexuality illegal.Huh?
Here's the platform for the Montana GOP.
And here's what they have to say about teh gays:
Homosexual ActsThings, of course, get interesting when you start to dig into the details so let's start digging.
We support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal.
Montana GOP executive director Bowen Greenwood said that has been the position of the party since the state Supreme Court struck down state laws criminalizing homosexuality in 1997 in the case of Gryczan v. Montana.Gryczan v. Montana? What did Gryczan v. Montana say? Take a look:
The State of Montana appeals a Judgment of the District Court for the First Judicial District, Lewis and Clark County, declaring § 45-5-505, MCA, unconstitutional as a violation of the privacy provision of the Montana Constitution when applied to consensual, private, same-gender sexual conduct between adults. We affirm.So what's this 45-5-505, then? That's obviously the law making homosexuality illegal. Take a look:
A person who knowingly engages in deviate sexual relations or who causes another to engage in deviate sexual relations commits the offense of deviate sexual conduct.And how do they define "deviate sexual relations"? Take a look:
"Deviate sexual relations" means sexual contact or sexual intercourse between two persons of the same sex or any form of sexual intercourse with an animal.And that's what the Montana Supreme Court found unconstitutional. And that's what the Montana GOP wants to reinstate.
Good to know.