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Published February 05, 2013, 09:23 AM

Grand Forks City Council Votes on Discrimination Resolution

Grand Forks City Council voted in favor of a resolution tonight which would add sexual orientation to the list of banned discriminatory practices, making it illegal for someone to deny others housing or jobs because of their sexual preference.

Grand Forks City Council voted in favor of a resolution tonight which would add sexual orientation to the list of banned discriminatory practices, making it illegal for someone to deny others housing or jobs because of their sexual preference.

The resolution is part of a senate bill which was previously rejected in the house back in 2009. This Wednesday it'll be heard in a committee. But though it's generated a lot of support here in town, Grand Forks is the only city so far to pass a resolution of support.

Hal Gershman, City Council President, "My rights under the U.S. constitution do not give me the right to deny others of their rights." But not all were in favor of the bill. Terry Bjerke, Councilman, "I'm not sure I like the law the way it's written now, much less adding to it...I don't necessarily think there's a widespread discrimination." Councilman Weber says adding sexual orientation to the list stands just as much importance as all the other banned practices. Bret Weber, Councilman, "If we refuse to say it's illegal to prejudice any portion of the population, we are essentially saying it's ok to do so." Despite the opposition, those here in Grand Forks have faith that the bill will pass.

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