A Montana Representative Willing to Fight For Change in Montana Constitution
Now that the Supreme Court has legalized same sex marriage, the public might be wondering if the wording of the Montana Constitution will change as well.
"In 2013, the legislation got together to remove a law that we had on the books for a long time that was struck down by the court that being gay is a felony," Montana House Representative Bryce Bennett said. "I think that was the absolute right thing to do at that point, but I think that now that the Supreme Court of the United States as well as the District Courts here in Montana has said that everyone should have the right to marry. It's time that we start taking that language out of our code so that we can start reflecting the society that we are today."
Bennett says it will be more difficult to get rid of the wording in the State Constitution than it was to get the anti-sodomy laws removed from code.
"I think there is still a lot of work to do to make sure that we can pull this language out of our code," Bennett said. "We got to win some hearts and minds with the issue still. People still have strong feelings about the issue of LGBT rights. There's a lot of work to do but I'm very confident that is the direction that Montana and the country is going."
In order to remove words from the State Constitution, two thirds of both the house and the senate must agree. It took more than 15 years for the anti-sodomy language to get removed after the Supreme Court ruled that law was unconstitutional in 1993.