Montana Lawmakers Debate Legalizing Homosexuality

Unconstitutional law still imposes criminal penalties


Republican members of the Montana House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to table a bill that would have legalized homosexuality in the state.

No, not gay marriage, just homosexuality itself.

Montana code contains an arcane piece of language that outlaws consensual intercourse between homosexuals. It's a controversial provision, ruled unconstitutional by the Montana Supreme Court in 1997.

The olden time law makes homosexuality a felony, punishable by a $50,000 fine and/or up to 10 years in jail.