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Panel hears competing plans involving gay rights


Panel hears competing plans involving gay rights

MATT GOURAS, Associated Press

HELENA — A Senate panel agreed Friday it is time to remove an obsolete anti-gay law from the books — a move that surprised gay rights advocates at the Capitol separately dealing with proposed changes to discrimination laws.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-5 to endorse a bill that removes from the books a Montana law declaring homosexual acts illegal, sending the proposal to the full Senate. The language remains in the code even though the state Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional in 1997.

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