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Published June 17, 2013, 09:33 PM

Council votes 6-1 to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation

The city council voted 6 to 1 Monday in favor of banning employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The amendment applies to employees and applicants of the City of Grand Forks.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

The city council voted 6 to 1 tonight in favor of banning employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The amendment applies to employees and applicants of the City of Grand Forks.

Dozens of people turned out for the council meeting tonight, and the item on the agenda was this amendment. Council member Terry Bjerke was the lone dissenter on the vote. Still, other members and residents said they were glad Grand Forks will be the first city in North Dakota to have this ban.

Bjerke: "Trying to list every single person that might be discriminated against, we dont have enough paper printed to cover all that. So I think basically it's a waste of time, it's also, i don't think it's an issue."

Bret Weber, City Councilman: "It's past due. It's the right thing to do. I'm very proud of the city and city council tonight."

Wiley: "It was exciting, it was a great first step I'm proud of the city that I live in and I'm proud that they're taking this step. I hope that they continue to move forward."

Within the next weeks this amendment will have a second reading, and then will hit the mayor's desk for sinage. With the mayor's signature the amendment would be effective immediately. Reporting live, Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ news.

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