After MN Gay Marriage vote, residents question where ND standsAs Minnesota becomes the 12th state to pass the Gay Marriage Bill some North Dakotans wonder where their state stands.
By: Victor Correa, WDAZ
As Minnesota becomes the 12th state to pass the Gay Marriage Bill some North Dakotans wonder where their state stands.
State legislators had the chance to outlaw discrimination against sexual orientation -- the bill failed but Grand Forks isn't letting the issue go. Individuals who identify themselves as gay can be fired from their job and even evicted from an apartment in North Dakota. Grand Forks is taking the lead in the state to join our neighbors to the east on the gay rights issue.
After the bill to end discrimination against sexual orientation failed in 2009 the Grand Forks City council began drafting a bill that would outlaw such discrimination. The bill was addressed again in the recent legislative session and failed again. No other cities in North Dakota are pushing for a bill like this but Fargo and Grafton have shared their support with city council. Some council members say that if the bill passes in Grand Forks we can expect to see similar bills come up in other cities around the state.
Bret Weber, Grand Forks City Council: "City council stepped up and took a lead to make sure that grand forks will be positioned to be the first city to take a lead in that direction."
Weber is hoping that the bill will be drafted some time in the next few months.