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MONTANA: Federal Judge Cancels Gay Marriage Hearing, Will Likely Rule Shortly

Via the Bozeman Daily Chronicle:
A U.S. District Court judge has vacated a hearing in a lawsuit filed by four couples who seek to overturn Montana’s ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Brian Morris had originally set a hearing for federal court in Great Falls on Thursday, Nov. 20, after the plaintiffs' lawyers filed a motion for summary judgement in their lawsuit to strike down the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. However, Morris vacated the hearing a week before it was scheduled and will rule on the plaintiffs' motion based on the court documents already submitted. my Cannatta, communications director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana, said Morris asked both the plaintiffs, who are represented by the state’s ACLU legal director, as well as the state, if the hearing was necessary. Four couples, including Bozeman’s Ben Milano and Chase Weinhandl, filed the suit in May.
Montana is the last of the Ninth Circuit states to fall in line. Will they beat Mississippi to the party?

RELATED: Last week GOP Montana Attorney General Tim Fox filed a brief which compares gay marriage to incest and polygamy and make the usual tired procreation argument.

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