By ADAM LIPTAK
Published: December 31, 2004
Montana's public universities must provide their gay employees with insurance coverage for their domestic partners, the state's Supreme Court ruled yesterday.
The majority in the 4-to-3 decision said the decision had nothing to do with the rights of gay couples to marry. But a dissenting judge criticized his colleagues as "radically altering common law marriage in Montana."
Gay rights advocates said the decision was an important victory on the narrower point.