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Couples Fight for Same-Sex Marriage Rights in MT

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The Department of Justice announcing today that married same-sex couples will now receive equal treatment to heterosexual couples when they file for bankruptcy, testify in court, or visit family in prison.

In Montana, six same-sex couples continue to fight for legal protections, which they say are not given to them under Montana's constitution. Rich Parker and Mike Long have been together for 12 years and got married this past November.

"We have a life together. We have a mortgage, two black labs and a son in college and we would like to have the same protections under Montana state laws that other couples can have," says Long.

Parker and Long are one of the six couples in Montana, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, suing the state of Montana for failing to offer legal protections to same-sex couples and their families.

Parker tells us, "I want to make sure the youth, the gay youth of this state feel comfortable that they can be out there and they can be productive members of society."

Unlike opposite sex couples, Parker and Long are denied state rights such as work compensation, state pensions, or death benefits.

Long says a trial date for the case is set in December in district court in Helena.

In Bozeman, Brittany Wright, ABC/FOX Montana.

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