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Published January 22, 2013, 02:38 PM

New Legislation Would Add Sexual Orientation to List of Illegal Discriminatory Practices

Legislation was announced today that would protect people from being discriminated against because of their sexual preference when it comes to housing and employment. Currently the law does not include this in North Dakota so it is legal to discriminate someone on that basis.

Legislation was announced today that would protect people from being discriminated against because of their sexual preference when it comes to housing and employment. Currently the law does not include this in North Dakota so it is legal to discriminate someone on that basis.

Senate bill 2252 amends the North Dakota Fair Housing Act and Human Rights act, adding sexual orientation to the list of banned discriminatory practices. The bill currently has bipartisan support and was announced in Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck today.

Nearly identical legislation was introduced in 2009 and although it passed in the Senate, the bill was defeated in the house. There are currently 28 other states that do not have this legislation and local lawmakers are hoping to change this in North Dakota. In a press conference held today at UND, local officials and student leaders highlighted why this bill is so important. The bill was introduced this week and will now move to the Judiciary Committee.

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