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North Dakota is the 39th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Nov. 2, 1889. Its most populous city is Fargo, and the state capitol is located in Bismarck.

Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships was approved by voters in November 2004. Currently, there are no legislative efforts or court challenges seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in North Dakota.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Judge to decide next step in N.D. same-sex marriage suit

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
North-Dakota
FARGO, N.D. -- A federal judge is set to decide the future of a lawsuit filed by seven couples challenging the constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage in North Dakota. The suit opposes both North Dakota's ban on gay marriage and its refusal to recognize marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed in other states.

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Marriage News Watch: State lawyers ignore public support for marriage equality

| Monday, July 28, 2014
AP
The rules have changed yet again this week in Colorado, with new rulings on marriage from multiple courts. New polls show growing support for equality in western states, but multiple Attorneys General have filed new briefs to stop gay and lesbian couples from marrying. And another Republican member of Congress has come out in favor of the freedom to marry...

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Attorney asks judge to bypass trial and issue ruling in N.D. gay marriage case

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
North-Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Minneapolis attorney representing the seven same-sex couples challenging North Dakota's gay marriage ban is asking a judge to bypass a trial and issue a ruling. Attorney Joshua Newville filed a motion for summary judgment late Tuesday while also responding to the state's motion to dismiss the case.

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N.D. state officials want challenge to same-sex marriage ban dismissed

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
North-Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. -- State officials are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging North Dakota's constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage, despite a wave of court decisions in other states striking down such bans.

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Second lawsuit filed challenging North Dakota same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, June 11, 2014
North-Dakota
FARGO, N.D. -- A second lawsuit has been filed in federal court challenging North Dakota's ban on gay marriage. The 33-page complaint filed by Janet Jorgensen and Cynthia Phillips, who were legally married in Minnesota, says the couple is treated as "legal strangers" in their home state.

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North Dakota AG: It’s my duty to defend state’s same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, June 6, 2014
Wayne Stenehjem
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The North Dakota Attorney General says he hasn't seen the lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage yet, but he notes that it's his duty to defend the state when it's sued.

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Lawsuit filed challenging North Dakota ban on same-sex marriage

| Friday, June 6, 2014
J. Stephen Conn
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Seven couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the ban on same-sex marriage in North Dakota, the last remaining state without a court challenge. It challenges both North Dakota's constitutional ban on gay marriage and its refusal to recognize marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed in other states.

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Minn. county issues more same-sex marriage licenses to N.D. couples

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Clay-County-MN
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Nearly two times as many same-sex couples from North Dakota have filed for marriage licenses across the border in Clay County than Minnesotans have. Deputy Recorder Lisa Kunze says 40 of the 68 same-sex marriage licenses filed in the county have been between two North Dakotans.

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One state left: Same-sex marriage battle could be coming to North Dakota

| Saturday, May 24, 2014
North-Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. -- As North Dakota's ban on gay marriage awaits an almost inevitable legal challenge, leaders in the conservative state must decide whether to spend some of its vast oil riches on a court fight - a step they already took to defend another...

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N.D. mayor first in state to join national marriage equality support group

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Karyn Hippen
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The mayor of a small town in eastern North Dakota on Wednesday became the first mayor in the state to formally join a nationwide effort support gay marriage.

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