Backers say gay rights bill about fairness, not gay marriage

Posted on 21 Jan 2009 at 11:19am
By Associated Press

Proposed legislation would protect against discrimination in housing, employment, credit, public accommodations

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Groups pushing legislation to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians say the bill is not about same-sex marriages but about fairness.

The legislation, introduced by Fargo state Sen. Tom Fiebiger, aims to bar discrimination in housing, employment, credit transactions and the use of public accommodations based on sexual orientation.

Supporters held news conferences in four cities to announce it.

Bo Chung is president of the University of North Dakota’s Ten Percent Society. He says it’s unfair to fire or evict someone because of their sexual orientation.

Chung says he knows of no specific incidents of such discrimination in North Dakota, but he says there’s no way to track them. He said, "We don’t want to wait until something happens to somebody before we can do anything about it."

Information from: Grand Forks Herald, http://www.grandforksherald.com

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