ND Senate endorses protection for gays, lesbians

Posted on 19 Feb 2009 at 5:24pm
By Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Senate wants to extend the state’s anti-discrimination protections to gays and lesbians.

Senators on Wednesday, Feb. 18, voted 27-19 to approve a bill that covers discrimination complaints dealing with employment, housing, credit, insurance and public accommodations. It prohibits discrimination in those areas based on a person’s sexual orientation.

The bill now goes to the state house.

Before Wednesday’s vote, senators agreed to change the bill to exempt religious organizations from some of its provisions.

North Dakota law already bans discrimination by race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin and disability. The law also prohibits discrimination based on whether a person is on public assistance, married, or unmarried.

The bill is HB2278.

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