Tag Archives: North Dakota

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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NYT Ponders Legacy Of Ken Mehlman

The New York Times is wondering what Ken Mehlman’s legacy will be regarding LGBT rights. Mr. Mehlman, 46, remains the hyper-intense, guarded strategist he was in his Bush days, with the same habit of looking past people instead of meeting their eyes. He shuns most interviews and still deflects personal questions, as he did back when rumors about his sexuality …

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Backs Marriage

“In speaking with North Dakotans from every corner of our great state, and much personal reflection, I have concluded the federal government should no longer discriminate against people who want to make lifelong, loving commitments to each other or interfere in personal, private, and intimate relationships. I view the ability of anyone to marry as a logical extension of this …

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NORTH DAKOTA: Voters Consider Ballot Measure To Ban Property Tax Entirely

Schools? Roads? Firefighters? Feh! New York Times: Since Californians shrank their property taxes more than three decades ago by passing Proposition 13, people around the nation have echoed their dismay over such levies, putting forth plans to even them, simplify them, cap them, slash them. In an election here on Tuesday, residents of North Dakota will consider a measure that …

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Sen. Bryon Dorgan (D-ND) To Retire

Sen. Bryon Dorgan (D-ND) has announced that he will retire at the end of 2010, increasing Republican chances of diminishing the Democrats’ filibuster-proof supermajority. Asked about the retirement, a Democratic strategist told TPMDC, “It wasn’t expected and comes as a bit of a surprise, but it’s not shocking. Senator Dorgan has served for a long time and it’s not surprising …

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North Dakota: It’s OK To Discriminate

North Dakota’s House of Representatives has voted against extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBT citizens. Representatives voted 54-34 to reject the measure. It sought to ban discrimination in housing, employment and credit on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation. North Dakota law already extends the same protection to a number of categories, including a person’s race, color, sex, religious beliefs …

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North Dakota Senate Approves Adding Gays To Existing Protected Classes

Yesterday the North Dakota senate voted to add sexual orientation to its list of groups protected from discrimination. “If someone is not doing their job, or habitually tardy, or doesn’t get along with people, they can still be fired, whether gay, lesbian or straight,” said Sen. Tom Fiebiger, D-Fargo. “What employers can’t do under this law is fire someone because …

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