The motion failed - it needed 60 votes, but for the first time in 20 years of working on this issue, the motion got 51% support - just over half. Is this progress? Yes and no.
This bill would have removed the language of deviate sexual conduct from the Montana code- and bring the code in line with the judiciary- the law was ruled unconstitutional in 1997, but Republicans refuse to remove it from the code. Keeping this meaningless (and illegal) language in the code is simply hateful- slapping the faces, repeatedly, of LGBT persons. There may be more support for equality now more than ever before, but the hate and ignorance can still be very strong in rural America.
But, if you want to hear progress, listen to Rep. Sands as she introduces her motion: