Mont. High Court Blocks Equal Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

Law360, New York (December 17, 2012, 8:39 PM EST) -- The Montana Supreme Court on Monday rejected an "overly broad" request by same-sex couples to receive the same benefits as married couples, but said a more narrowly tailored challenge targeting specific state laws could proceed.

In a 4-3 decision, the court said the broad request to amend Montana's statutory structure to guarantee equal treatment for gay couples could lead to "confusion and further litigation." Instead, the Supreme Court said that the plaintiffs — a group of six same-sex couples — must identify which statutes they claim...
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