Great news this morning for anyone that thought Montana had a chance at getting away with enforcing an outdated sodomy law in 2013. After an emotionally taxing debate earlier this week, the Montana House has voted 64-34 in favor of repealing the law, which currently makes sodomy a felony.
The bill is now cruising into Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s office, where it’s expected to be swiftly signed into law. Though Montana’s Supreme Court held the law unconstitutional in 1997, Gov. Bullock’s signature has the power to strike it from the books altogether.
The great news came from Montana’s only out gay lawmaker, Rep. Bryce Bennett, who tweeted this convenient photo that clearly shows which 34 Representatives are still in favor of the sodomy ban. It’s quite hypocritical, given the fact that under their precious law, the giant sticks up their asses would make them all felons.
“While it’s exciting that we got to this point,” Rep. Bennett told Buzzfeed on Tuesday, “we’ve got a number of steps to take forward before we can tackle other issues to make sure everyone in our state is truly equal.”
And they’re not just baby steps! Since Tuesday, it appears that four representatives had a change of heart. For a state enforcing an ancient law, that’s pretty progressive!