North Dakota Senate kills sexual orientation legislation

January 25, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has rejected a measure that would prohibit housing or workforce discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill was defeated 27-20 on Friday. It’s the latest defeat for an idea that’s gone down several times in recent years.

Democratic Senate Minority leader Joan Heckaman says people are leaving North Dakota because they don’t feel accepted.

Republican Sen. Diane Larson says no one testified in a committee hearing that they have been denied housing or a job based on their sexual orientation.

A similar bill has been introduced in the House but it does not include gender identity.

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