It seems like every time I come up with a good health policy post, marriage equality momentum moves forward as well. That said, I’m not complaining.
U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris struck down the ban on marriage between same-sex couples today in Montana, ruling in favor of the freedom to marry. Judge Morris’ ruling is set to take effect immediately.
Shortly after the decision, the Montana Attorney General announced that he will appeal the decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, although the 9th Circuit Court has already ruled against similar bans on same-sex marriage. A decision to seek a stay of the ruling has not yet been determined.
The Governor of Montana, Steve Bullock, supports the freedom to marry.
In his ruling, Judge Morris says regarding same-sex couples:
These families want for their children what all families in Montana want. They want to provide a safe and loving home in which their children have the chance to explore the world in which they live. They want their children to have the chance to discover their place in this world. And they want their children to have the chance to fulfill their highest dreams. These families, like all of us, want their children to adventure into the world without fear of violence; to achieve all that their talent and perseverance allows without fear of discrimination; and to love themselves so that they can love others. No family wants to deprive its precious children of the chance to marry the loves of their lives. Montana no longer can deprive Plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves.
It’s a big sky out there in Montana… and it just got a little brighter.