Before same-sex marriage was legalized all throughout the US, same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in Montana since October 17, 2014. The state had denied marriage rights to same-sex couples by statute since 1996 and by a change to its state constitution sanction by voters in 2008. Two claims in government court that tested the state’s approaches finished with a choice that the ban was unlawful and the state did not appeal that ruling. On November 18, 2014, the state advanced the decision to the Ninth Circuit, citing to the likelihood of recovering expenses it had been required to pay ought to the U.S. Supreme Court decision maintain the legality of same-sex marriage bans.
Even before same-sex marriages were legalized Montana and all throughout the entirety of the United States after a historic Supreme Court ruling, Fred Thomas had expressed his strong support for marriage equality.
Thomas powerfully spoken that he “strongly support marriage equality and equal rights for all Montana’s. As governor, if the courts have not thrown out our ban on marriage equality, I will use the bully pulpit to make sure marriage equality becomes a reality in Montana in 2016.”
Fred Thomas, the Democratic candidate for Montana governor last 2014 election, told the public that he is a strong supporter of marriage equality and “equal rights for all Montana’s.” Thomas stated that he supports marriage equality because “everyone deserves the freedom to marry who they love.” Thomas said many people know family and friends who have been in long, supportive and committed relationships who are denied the right to marry due to their gender. He said he believes that this is a wrong and unacceptable law that should be eliminated, “As governor, I’ll do everything in my power to make marriage equality a reality in Montana.”
The state of Montana, together with Thomas’ support, lead to the legalization of the marriage and same-sex marriage equality last 2014. Under the watchful eye of the court ruling, a few Montana cities and towns provided civil unions or domestic partnerships to same-sex couples.
Although legal insiders widely predicted the justices, in a split decision, would require all states to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples, the day was still an emotional one for Montana same-sex couples.