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Montana Senate Bill 107: Steve Bullock Signs Legislation Decriminalizing Gay Sex

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Associated Press
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April 19, 2013

HELENA, Mont. -- An obsolete law deeming gay sex as deviant – akin to bestiality – was stricken from Montana code Thursday, prompting gay rights activists to say they hope that full legal equality may be close at hand.

When Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed Senate Bill 107 decriminalizing gay sex, cheers erupted in the Capitol's Rotunda. It had been 16 years after the state Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional and 24 years after gay rights activists began their fight to take government out of the bedroom.

"I am not going to speak too long because, frankly, the longer I talk, the longer this embarrassing and unconstitutional law stays on the books," Bullock said.