The Montana Republican Party has ended its support for laws which would make sex between two members of the same sex illegal.

In 1997 the Montana Supreme Court struck down the state's sodomy laws. That year the GOP began holding the position that homosexual acts should be made illegal.

“We support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal,” the party's platform previously read.

At the party's state convention in Missoula over the weekend, party delegates voted to strike the language from its official platform.

Party Executive Director Bowen Greenwood told the Independent Record that the move was part of a larger effort to simplify the document.

“I don't think there was any specific discussion about the issue of homosexual acts and the old law from the 1990s, it was just a question of we were redoing this whole thing,” he said.

Other sections, Greenwood explained, were also shortened.

But the platform reinforces the party's opposition to gay marriage. The party supports “the definition of marriage as only between one man and one woman,” the platform states.