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Trial Lawyers Honor Couples In ACLU Domestic Partnership Lawsuit

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The seven same-sex couples participating in the American Civil Liberties Union on Montana's domestic partnership case ABC FOX Montana reported about last month were honored Thursday.

The Montana Trial Lawyers Association awarded them with the 2013 Citizens' Award.

The award honors each couple for their selflessness, integrity, bravery and remarkable character and dedication to ensure that all couples in Montana can live their lives under the equal protection of the law.

One couple says they are honored to be recognized by the Montana Trial Lawyers Association.

"It means a lot to us to be honored by some organization as prestigious as the Montana Trial Lawyers Association," said Mike Long.

The lawsuit is challenging individual Montana statutes covering financial protections for police officers, worker's compensation benefits, and end-of-life decisions for same-sex couples.

The state has two more weeks to respond to the complaint.

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