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North Dakota

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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Ex-college football player admits stalking Hollywood mogul David Geffen

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Jamie Kuntz
A former North Dakota college football player who was kicked off his team after kissing a man has been given probation for stalking billionaire David Geffen. [...]

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North Dakota Senate approves LGBT‑inclusive anti-discrimination bill

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
North Dakota state capitol in Bismark
North Dakota's Republican-led Senate has narrowly approved a bill to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Senate voted 25-22 on Tuesday to send the legislation to the state House. [...]

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The isolated lives of North Dakota’s gay oil field workers

Monday, February 2, 2015
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My one and only liaison in the oil fields of western North Dakota was with a 23-year-old truck driver. Like most such encounters in the oil patch, ours originated on Grindr. He sent me a photo ... a few hours later, he was in my room at the Super 8. [...]

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Judge puts N.D. same-sex marriage case on hold for Supreme Court ruling

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
North-Dakota
A federal judge put a lawsuit challenging North Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage on hold Tuesday pending a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. [...]

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Attorney says North Dakota will be one of the last states with a gay marriage ban

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
North-Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Minneapolis attorney challenging North Dakota's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage says the state is on track to be one of the last states to allow such bans. Josh Newville is representing the seven same-sex couples that filed a lawsuit against North Dakota in June. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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