On Monday, Montana state Rep. Amanda Curtis struggled to refrain from walking “across the floor” to “punch” fellow Rep. Krayton Kerns during debate aiming to overturn a 40-year-old ban on “sexual contact or sexual intercourse between two persons of the same sex.” Rep. Kerns “insinuated that if you are gay you do not have a moral character.”
“That’s so offensive,” said Curtis. “Talk about starting a fight.”
In a YouTube video addressed to her constituents, Rep. Curtis claims the language of the bill was “really hostile,” likening the demand for anti-LGBT laws to gun an ammunition bans in other states.
The good news? The bill to overturn the outdated law will move forward in the state House after a 60-38 vote. The bad news? There are still 38 people in the House of Representatives that support labeling homosexuals as felons.
The classic ‘Bible card’ was played by most of the dissenting representatives—no surprise there. Curtis continued, “To say that our friends and our neighbors, our brothers, our sisters, our cousins, aunts, and uncles, Montanans, should be felons…because the Bible says so?”
While the advancement of the bill looks promising, it’s disheartening to hear of elected officials throwing their constituents to the dogs like this. Pull it together, Montana!