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

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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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Newly married S.D. couple to challenge state’s same-sex marriage ban

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Jennie and Nancy Rosenbrahn outside of the Pennington County Courthouse in Rapid City, S.D. The couple wed on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Minnesota, and will be the first South Dakota residents to legally challenge the state's ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal to recognize such nuptials.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- A newly married lesbian couple is poised to become the first to challenge South Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage following the state's refusal to grant the women a name change after they were legally married in Minnesota.

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N.D. National Guard to issue military IDs for same-sex spouses

| Sunday, November 3, 2013
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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard says it will issue military identification for same-sex couples.

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Fargo, N.D., adopts resolution supporting LGBT residents

| Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Fargo, N.D.
FARGO, N.D. -- City commissioners in Fargo, N.D., on Monday voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to encourage "tolerance and acceptance of all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”

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