THE state of Montana in the US has become the latest state to allow same-sex marriage after a federal court judge struck down a ban.

In his verdict handed down yesterday, US District Judge Brian Morris wrote: “No family wants to deprive its precious children of the chance to marry the loves of their lives. Montana no longer can deprive Plaintiffs and other same-sex couples of the chance to marry their loves.”

The news in Montana comes after Kansas legalised same-sex marriage last week, and back home, the NSW Government passing amendments officially recognising same-sex marriages undertaken overseas.

The number of US states now allowing gay marriage now stands at 34, plus the District of Columbia.

Around 200 million Americans — two-thirds of the total population — now live in states with same-sex marriage.

© Star Observer 2022 | For the latest in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTIQ) news in Australia, be sure to visit daily. You can also read our latest magazines or Join us on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.