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Bozeman Couple Speaks About Same-Sex Marriage

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BOZEMAN - Should same sex marriage be legal in Montana?

Celebration continues for the same sex marriage lawsuit filed in Federal court in Great Falls on Wednesday.

Chase Weinhandl and Ben Milano have been together since 2007 and were recently married in Hawaii. But now, the Bozeman couple would like their marriage to be legally recognized in Montana.

"I feel like we are being treated like second class citizens here in Montana," said Weinhandl.

"We don't act ourselves in public because we're afraid to. I can't be comfortable holding his hand and walking down the street," said Milano.

They are one of the four couples the American Civil Liberties Union is representing in the lawsuit against the state of Montana which challenges the states ban on same-sex marriage.

In the suit, homosexual couples are asking for the right to get married and have the same rights as heterosexual married couples.

"If one of us we're to get hurt and had to be in the hospital there is a potential that they could refuse one of us in to see the other one," said Milano.

But not all Montanans, or even residents of the same community Milano and Weinhandl live in agree. Zane Williamson is a practicing catholic and does not agree with same-sex marriage on the grounds of his religion.

"I believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ideal in fostering a growing loving society," said Williamson.

He also takes issue with a proposed ordinance moving through the hoops in Bozeman City Commission that would ban discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation in hiring, housing and public accommodations.

"You should be able to live your religious beliefs in your life and that means choosing who you do business with," said Williamson.

"We're not asking for anything different or anything special. We just want to make sure that we can protect each other like a heterosexual couple would be able to," said Milano.

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