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Why The Montana GOP Still Calls For Sexually Active Gays To Be Imprisoned

The reason the Montana Republican Party still states in its official platform, under the “Crime” section, that members “support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal”? Because it’s a holdover from 1997, when the Montana Supreme Court struck down anti-sodomy laws and the GOP reacted quickly to register its displeasure, and then found itself annually re-committing to excluding gay voters. Removing the language has never come up for discussion, says Montana GOP executive director Bowen Greenwood (seen here in a photo that does not depict him cruising in a public park), who ran for a seat in the State House and lost. So it’s remained as is.

By:          John Rogers
On:           Sep 19, 2010
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    • OneOhOne

      Can we get some quoatation marks in this article? Trying to navigate your poor use of punctuation is giving me a headache.

      Sep 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • OneOhOne

      Can we get some quotation marks in this article? Trying to navigate your poor use of punctuation is giving me a headache.

      Sep 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rick Brannon

      Can you stop repeatedly posting the same request?

      It’s beginning to give me a headache.

      Sep 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Otis Criblecoblis

      I’m curious…will the Montana law apply to closeted GOP queers?

      Sep 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ryan

      Man, I’ve been wrong all along! Meghan McCain, GOProud, and those gay tea baggers really know what their doing, siding up with the Republican Party! You see, they care SO much about us they’ve figured out completely outlawing us will ensure we never have to endure historic stains like Prop 8. Well golly gee willikerz, why don’t we just head on over to the GOP and show Ann Coulter our scores from the Macy’s sale!? ***


      Sep 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • McMike

      Um, isn’t the guy in the picture, the head of the Montana GOP, gay? I have seen ‘dem gay guys before and he looks just like ’em.

      Sep 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mathew

      I’d be willing to bet that the same thing happened for the Texas GOP platform regarding recriminalizing sodomy. If you read the 2004 version, it says the exact same thing as it does now.


      Sep 19, 2010 at 9:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David A

      … how is this an issue. Homosexual sex was decriminalized Nation WIDE by Bowers v. Hardwick in 1986.

      Sep 19, 2010 at 11:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason

      Sorry David, but it wasn’t until Lawrence v Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003) that sodomy laws were overturned nationwide. But your point is spot on: there is no way any state could recriminalize sodomy after the Supreme Court rule sodomy laws unconstituional.

      Sep 20, 2010 at 12:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • damon459

      As a Montana resident I feel the need to point out it’s not just a mater of the ruling from the supreme court’s ruling in 2003 but the Montana state supreme court ruling in 1997, and trust me the GOP in Montana lost it’s strong hold around that same time. Montana is a live and let live state policing bedrooms is just not something the people in MT will ever want. We approved medical cannabis as well as made cannabis the lowest priority in Missoula county and passed a city ordinance banning discrimination is housing employment and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The GOP and the Teabaggers only make themselves look bad in the eyes of Montana voters when they support things that go against the ideas of their party IE increasing government size to police bedrooms while claiming to want a smaller less intrusive government.

      Sep 20, 2010 at 12:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe

      @damon459: you are a breath of fresh air and an example of all the sensibility and joy i have always heard Montana and its people to be.

      Sep 20, 2010 at 1:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvd-junkie

      He’s cute. I’d blow him.

      Sep 20, 2010 at 10:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • asa1973

      @ewe: I second that!

      Sep 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B

      Re No 10: “Montana is a live and let live state policing bedrooms is just not something the people in MT will ever want.”

      …. I got the impression that the state is not particularly hung up sexually when I went to a party and some guy introduced himself by saying, “I’m from Montana, where men are men and sheep are wary.”

      Sep 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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