Tomorrow Friday the House Judiciary Committee will consider the bill to remove Montana’s unconstitutional laws that makes it a crime to be gay or lesbian. (Senate Bill 107 by Sen. Tom Facey. D-Missoula)
The Montana Senate has already voted, finally, to erase the law which makes it an imprisonable-for-ten-years crime to be gay. Although invalidated by our state supreme court in 1997, the law has remained on our books because Republicans have always refused to go along with efforts to scrap it.
Although it passed the Senate, and even though it’s 2013, ten Senators actually voted to keep the offensive language on the books.
So we can’t take any chances with the House Judiciary committee, which is chaired by Krayton Kerns. This same committee voted against the bill to protect kids in religious boarding schools from child abuse, so they need to hear from Montanans on why it is important to remove hateful, unconstitutional language from our state laws.
You can contact the lawmakers via an online form. The form lets you choose to contact the entire House Judiciary Committee. FYI, you can always use the back button, which allows you to skip retyping all your info when you contact multiple legislators–say your Rep. and senator both. Or you can cut and paste this list of House GOP legislators.
The hearing is at 8 AM this Friday (tomorrow), but folks who aren’t in Helena can stream it live.
h/t Pride Foundation