The Advocate
July 18, 2013

Seven same-sex couples filed a lawsuit against the the state of Montana this week asking to secure domestic partnership protections in their state.

The lawsuit challenges several state-level benefits and responsibilities that gay and lesbian couples are often shut out of, including financial protections for police officers, worker’s compensation benefits, end-of-life decisions, financial protections during illness and others, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana, which is representing the plaintiffs in the suit. While the state supreme court threw out a case challenging all of the rights and benefits same-sex couples are restricted from sharing, the court said the ACLU could challenge each issue individually.