While the North Dakota Legislature defeated a bill to ban LGBT discrimination statewide earlier this year, cities in the state are taking steps to add a level of protection.
The Grand Forks City Council is likely to adopt an ordinance next month to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the city’s rental housing market, which would make it the first city to do so in the state. Grand Forks adopted a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender discrimination ban on city government employment earlier this year. Fargo also is moving ahead with city employment and housing discrimination bans. The discussion has started to spread to other cities as well.
“I hope if the local governments step up it can spread to the state,” state Rep. Kylie Oversen (D-Grand Forks), the coauthor of the unsuccessful state law bill, told The Huffington Post. “We will keep trying.”