Tag Archives: North Dakota

NORTH DAKOTA: GOP Bill Would Make It Legal To “Accidentally” Run Over Protesters Blocking The Road

The Bismarck Tribune reports: A bill introduced by an oil patch lawmaker would provide an exemption for the driver of a motor vehicle if they unintentionally injured or killed a pedestrian obstructing traffic on a public road or highway. “It’s shifting the burden of proof from the motor vehicle driver to the pedestrian,” said Rep. Keith Kempenich, R-Bowman, who admitted ...

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NORTH DAKOTA: Republican Majority Senate Rejects Bill To Formalize Same-Sex Marriage Recognition

The Associated Press reports: North Dakota’s Republican-led Senate rejected a measure Tuesday that would have changed state law to reflect the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry. The bill failed 15-31. It would have changed dozens of references, such as “husband and wife,” to gender-neutral terms. North Dakota law lists “one man, one woman” ...

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Bernie Projected To Win North Dakota Caucus

As he tends to do in caucus states, tonight Bernie Sanders coasted to an easy victory in North Dakota. At this writing he leads Hillary by a whopping 39 points. There are 23 delegates at stake there.

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NORTH DAKOTA: GOP Lawmaker Outed, Claims Retaliation For Anti-Gay Voting

Via Fargo’s ABC affiliate: A North Dakota lawmaker who sent an explicit photo of himself to another man says the exchange being made public is retaliation for a recent vote against expanding gay rights. Rep. Randy Boehning, a 52-year-old Republican legislator from Fargo, says a Capitol employee told him a fellow lawmaker vowed to out him as gay if he ...

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15 AGs To Supreme Court: Same-Sex Marriage Will Cause Incalculable Damage

The attorneys general of fifteen states have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which they predictably argue that a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage will “irretrievably” destroy their right to self-government. From the brief:  The Constitution takes no sides on same-sex marriage, and therefore leaves the issue up to the free deliberations of state citizens. The ...

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NORTH DAKOTA: Gov. Jack Dalrymple Orders State Agencies Not To Discriminate

Via the Associated Press: North Dakota’s Republican governor sent a memo to 17 government departments on Monday saying discrimination against anyone is unacceptable, just two hours before every Democrat in the Legislature delivered a letter calling on him to go further and issue an executive order prohibiting bias against gays and lesbians. Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s chief of staff sent the ...

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NORTH DAKOTA: Paper Publishes Photos Of Pols Who Voted Against LGBT Rights

From the HRC’s blog: The cover of yesterday’s Forum of Fargo-Moorhead made a bold statement for LGBT equality, featuring the photos of North Dakota House Representatives who voted against non-discrimination protections. According to the Forum, this was the third time in six years the House failed to pass a measure that would prohibit bias in housing and employment based on ...

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NORTH DAKOTA: Lawmakers Kill Bill That Would Have Granted LGBT Protections

The Bismarck Tribune reports: For the third time in six years, North Dakota lawmakers have killed legislation that would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. House lawmakers voted by nearly a 2-to-1 margin Thursday to defeat Senate Bill 2279, which would have added sexual orientation to state law that already protects against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national ...

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NORTH DAKOTA: State Senate Narrowly Approves LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Via the Associated Press: North Dakota’s Republican-led Senate has narrowly approved a bill to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate voted 25-22 on Tuesday to send the legislation to the House, going against the wishes of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which heard testimony on the legislation earlier this month and voted 4-2 to ...

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NORTH DAKOTA: Attorney General Seeks Dismissal Of Marriage Lawsuit

GOP North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today filed a motion seeking the dismissal of the marriage equality lawsuit filed in late May. The state attorney general’s office filed the motion late Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Fargo. North Dakota Solicitor General Doug Bahr argues in court documents that states have the right to define and regulate marriage. “Nothing ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Matt is on the road.

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NORTH DAKOTA: Another Marriage Suit

Via the Associated Press: A second lawsuit has been filed in federal court challenging North Dakota’s ban on same-sex marriage. The 33-page complaint filed by Jan Jorgensen and Cindy Phillips, who live in Fargo and were legally married in Minnesota, says the couple is treated as “legal strangers” in their home state. Last week, seven couples filed a complaint to ...

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: Wisconsin’s marriage ban is unconstitutional. There’ve been more big defeats for the National Organization for Marriage. Utah officials resist a ruling that they must recognize the marriage licenses that the state issued to gay and lesbian couples last winter. And Pennsylvania voters show their support for the freedom to marry.

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And That Makes All Of Them

Via the Associated Press: Seven couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the ban on same-sex marriage in North Dakota, the last remaining state without a court challenge. The clerk of the court confirmed that the lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Fargo. It challenges both North Dakota’s constitutional ban on gay marriage and its refusal to ...

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VIDEO: North Dakota Tornado

The clip’s maker is arguing with YouTube’s commenters about how he should have reacted. (Tipped by JMG reader Ray)

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: “More than sixteen and a half million Americans gained marriage equality last week, with decisive victories in Oregon and Pennsylvania. We have brand new lawsuits in the last few states that needed one. And the National Organization for Marriage has suffered even more losses this week.”

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NORTH DAKOTA: Marriage Suit Coming

North Dakota is about to lose its status as the only state without a marriage ban challenge. “There will be a case filed challenging North Dakota’s same-sex marriage ban,” says Joshua Newville, a Minneapolis-based civil rights attorney who filed a suit Thursday against South Dakota’s ban on behalf of same-sex couples there. Newville is in talks with advocates and attorneys ...

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Four States Left

Via Good As You.

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Fargo Gets A Gay Men’s Chorus

From North Dakota’s Inforum: For a lot of people here, Sunday mornings mean church. For a group of about 15 area men, Sunday evenings mean going back to church – to First Congregational United Church of Christ in Fargo for weekly rehearsals of the new Fargo-Moorhead Gay Men’s Chorus. “Gay men have been singing forever,” chuckles Jon Landre, the director ...

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North Dakota Creates Gay Tax Form

From the Grand Forks Herald: North Dakota now has a tax form for married same-sex couples, and it’s precisely because the state doesn’t recognize such marriages. For the North Dakota tax department, that posed a bit of a dilemma, according to Lorie Bowker, who oversees the department’s income tax section. She said its answer was the form ND-1S, which was ...

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