STAFF BLOG CITY STREET BEAT Grand Forks considering housing protections for gays
Little more than a week after passing protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation for Grand Forks city employees, another proposedlaw establishing similar safeguards for housing will ... Posted on 6/23/13 at 1:16 PM
THE NEW FORTY Liberty and justice for all?
People are not born activists. Activists are created by circumstances. Circumstances that define our reality or circumstances that clarify the strength of our beliefs - circumstances that compel us to... Posted on 3/27/13 at 9:52 PM
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA NEWS Gay rights activist Judy Shepard to speak at UND Monday
Judy Shepard, gay rights activist and mother of Matthew Shepard who was murdered in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998, will speak at the University of North Dakota on Monday, March 7, from 7:15-9:30 p.m., at the... Posted on 3/6/11 at 1:55 PM
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Monday opposed a bill to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, dimming the chances of the White House-backed measure becoming law.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits.
About six years ago, we were the first UCC church in North Dakota to become Welcoming and Affirming. We are a congregation that believes that the message of God’s love is so much more than just tolerance for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-identified individuals — it is a celebration of love and radical inclusion.
As the Grand Forks City Council considers yet another new ordinance on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) individuals, it is important to consider how the language of this proposed law threatens religious freedom and the right to freely operate businesses and serve the public.
Both sides make excellent points in the dispute over whether Grand Forks should ban discrimination in housing based on sexual orientation.
But in the past few years, two landmark events have tipped the balance toward the side that favors the ban.
San Antonio's leaders on Thursday approved anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents, over the disapproval of top Texas Republicans and religious conservatives who packed a City Council hearing and occasionally shamed supporters for comparing the issue to the civil rights movement.
Months before Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” declaration galvanized a quarter-million people at the 1963 March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was planning all the essential details to keep the crowd orderly and engaged.
Gay rights absolutely erode the rights of those who disagree, in the same way the Civil Rights Act eroded the “rights” of racists and the Equal Rights Amendment would erode the “rights” of sexists and misogynists.
The top executive of the Northern Lights Council, which includes all of North Dakota and northwest Minnesota, said he wasn’t aware of any local sponsors of Boy Scout troops who planned to withdraw support after scouting’s national group voted to allow gay youths.
Wendy Reuer and Patrick Springer
, May 24, 2013
The Boy Scouts of America threw open its ranks Thursday to gay Scouts but not gay Scout leaders — a fiercely contested compromise that some warned could fracture the organization and lead to mass defections of members and donors.
North Dakotans are overwhelmingly conservative in their social values. Respect for all human life and the sanctity of marriage as defined as being between a man and a woman is the majority view in North Dakota.
Residents now should put up a sign on all of the state’s borders: “Those without heterosexual papers need not apply. You have no rights under North Dakota law and will be discriminated against according to our laws.”
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