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Montana Initiative 96 (2004)

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Template:SSM Initiative 96 of 2004 is a so-called "defense of marriage amendment" that amended the Montana Constitution by adding a definition of marriage that prevents same-sex marriages from being conducted or recognized in Montana. The Initiative passed via public referendum on November 2, 2004 with 67% of voters supporting and 33% opposing.[1]

The text of the adopted amendment, which is found at Article XIII, section 7 of the Montana Constitution, states:

Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.[2]


  1. Election 2004 - Ballot Measures Accessed 30 November 2006.
  2. The Montana Constitution" Hosted on the Montana Legislature's website. Accessed 30 November 2006.

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