No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws.
This weekend I was honored to attend Big Sky Pride and march alongside members of the LGBTQ+ community from across Montana.
I’m incredibly grateful to the organizers, volunteers, and activist who made this weekend so special for everyone who attended and work every day to make Montana an open and inclusive state.
Our state has made great progress over these recent years to recognize the LGBTQ+ community. They are our neighbors, our friends, our family members, and our co-workers.
And in Montana, everyone is entitled to an Attorney General who works for us. Who defends our rights as individuals under the Montana Constitution.
The Montana Constitution states: Article II — DECLARATION OF RIGHTS Section 4. Individual dignity.
The dignity of the human being is inviolable. No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws.
No person shall be denied. Every Montanan has the rights to be treated with dignity and are guaranteed equal protection of the laws.
But for far too long this hasn’t been the case and over the past few years we’ve seen renewed attacks of bigotry, hatred, and racism against our fellow Montanans.
We have candidates openly running for office who want to take away the gains we’ve made towards equality and move this state backwards.
The Attorney General should work for us. All of us.
There are tremendously talented people who work in the Attorney General’s Office that want to defend Montanans, stand up for their rights, and fight every day to make this state inclusive for everyone. But it will take a change in leadership to have an Attorney General who works for us again. For everyone.
I am humbled by the work of Big Sky Pride throughout the year and the activists who make their voices heard every day.
As Attorney General, I will always defend your rights under your Montana Constitution and ensure that every Montanans can live a life of dignity.