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Friday, 21 December 2012 18:46

Montana Supreme Court Rejects Domestic Partnership Revision

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Currently, the state of Montana only grants domestic partnerships to gay and lesbian couples and a lot of rights are not available concerning inheritance, equal tax benefits and the power to make financial decisions for their partners.

The judges of the Montana Supreme Court hear a request to stop these discriminations but rejected it (4-3 votes) thinking that would involve a confusion.

"A broad injunction and declaration not specifically directed at any particular statute would lead to confusion and further litigation," Chief Justice Mike McGrath wrote.

ACLU Legal Director Jon Ellingson said that it was "a detour" but not "a defeat".

Of course, that's not finished since ACLU now will continue to work.

Ellingson says: "We’ve got some work to do to decide strategically which (statutes) we think best illustrate the injustice of the disparate treatment."


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