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Sen. Tester joins others in urging US Supreme Court to recognize gay marriage in all states


HELENA, Montana — Sen. Jon Tester is among those in Congress urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn state bans on same-sex marriage.

The Montana Democrat joined 43 other senators and 167 representatives in signing a court brief on Friday.

Thirty-seven states, including Montana, recognize same-sex marriage, while 13 do not.

Last November, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris struck down Montana's constitutional amendment that limited marriage to being between a man and a woman.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is appealing that decision.

Two years ago, Tester joined in filing a similar brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the federal same-sex marriage ban.

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