In yet another sign of what a divided nation we’ve become on LGBT rights, while several states consider full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, North Dakota can’t even muster support for basic protections for the LGBT community in housing, public services and the workplace. As LGBTQ Nation reports:
The bill, SB 2252, would have amended the North Dakota Fair Housing Act and the North Dakota Human Rights Act, and was sponsored by a group of lawmakers that included Fargo Rep. Josh Boschee, the state’s first openly gay legislator. It was defeated Thursday by a vote of 21-26. Boschee, speaking with LGBTQ Nation on Friday, said the bill would have added the term “sexual orientation” to the Acts, which already include protections based on age, race, gender, religion, and disability.
The article also notes that the state has the smallest reported population of LGBT citizens in the USA per capita.