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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:35 pm | Updated: 12:36 am, Thu Apr 11, 2013.

The Montana House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 107 today, which decriminalizes gay sex under state law.

The bill, which now heads to Gov. Bullock's desk, removes language in the state's deviate sexual conduct law that makes criminal homosexual acts between consenting adults and subjects those found guilty up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

The law currently reads: "'Deviate sexual relations' means sexual contact or sexual intercourse between two persons of the same sex or any form of sexual intercourse with an animal."

The portion of the law was struck down by the Montana Supreme Court in 1997 and has since been unenforced, yet the law remained on the books.

The vote was 65-34 to remove the same sex intercourse language from the definition.

Rep. Bryce Bennet, D-Missoula, an openly gay lawmaker, gave a speech in support of SB 107 earlier this week:

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