Out in Big sky Country, in Bozeman, Montana, they are making progress.
Just this week the Bozeman City Commission voted to add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the categories of employees protected under the city's anti-discrimination policy.
The commission voted 3-0 to move forward with plans to protect homosexual and transgendered city employees from discrimination and to provide same-sex partners with the same benefits as opposite-sex couples.
Just like real folks.
Commissioners also supported spelling out same-sex partners' equal right to health care insurance and other benefits in the city's employee handbook.