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Gov. Bullock To Sign Bill Decriminalizing Gay Sex

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Gov. Steve Bullock will sign into law a bill that decriminalizes gay sex 16 years after the Montana Supreme Court ruled the law criminalizing gay sex unconstitutional.
    
The bill's passage through both chambers received an emotional response from gay-rights activists, who have struggled to remove the obsolete law that criminalizes gay sex for 20 years.
    
The bill received the Senate's endorsement earlier in the session with little fanfare, but was stuck in a GOP-controlled House committee until Democrat Bryce Bennett of Missoula led the effort to put the measure to a vote in the House.
    
The measure received bi-partisan support from representatives, passing its final hurdle in 65-34 vote a few weeks ago.
    
Bullock planned to sign Senate Bill 107 shortly after noon Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda.

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