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Big Sky Gay Partnerships Lose Ruling

A District Court Judge in Helena has ruled in favor of the State in a motion to dismiss the same-sex marriage issue in Montana. The ACLU asked the First Judicial Court in January to recognize same-sex couples as domestic partnerships in Montana to guarantee protection of their rights. In Judge Sherlock's ruling, which was filed April 19th, it states, “…in spite of this Court's sympathy for the plight of the Plaintiffs this court finds that the state's motion to dismiss should be granted.” It further states, “This court finds that to be an inappropriate exercise of this Court's power. Primarily it would violate the separation of powers contained in the Montana Constitution”/Melissa Anderson, KRTV. More here.

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ACLU Protests MSU Graduation Speech

Montana State University’s lawyer says MSU-Northern officials don’t have to apologize for inviting a Christian pastor to give the invocation and benediction at the school’s graduation in May. The ACLU of Montana had filed a complaint and asked for an apology after some faculty members said Pastor Tim Zerger of the Community Alliance Church proselytized during the May 8 ceremony. They say Zerger repeatedly referred to Jesus as a personal savior. Leslie Taylor, chief legal counsel for MSU, says in her response to the ACLU that university officials had no intention of endorsing religion when they invited Zerger to speak/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Is the ACLU right to protest the pastor’s prayer? Or intolerant in doing so?

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