State Appeal of Gay Marriage Rights Dismissed

Case resolved following Supreme Court ruling that gay couples have fundamental right to marry

By Tristan Scott

HELENA — A federal appeals court has formally dismissed Montana’s gay marriage case now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples have the right to wed.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted the request for dismissal by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox’s office.

Fox had appealed a district judge’s previous ruling that overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage.

The attorney general’s motion to dismiss says the Supreme Court’s June ruling that gay couples have a fundamental right to marry fully resolves the Montana case.


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