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 origin, age, physical or mental disability or status with respect to marriage or public assistance. The bill was divided at the request of Assistant Minority Leader Corey Mock, D-Grand Forks, forcing lawmakers to vote separately on outlawing discrimination when it comes to public accommodations and services and the advertising of them, and on housing, employment, financial assistance and personal business transactions.
In February the bill narrowly won passage in the state Senate by a 25-22 vote. (Tipped by JMG reader George)