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

Sunday, November 3, 2013
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard says it will issue military identification for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Fargo, N.D.

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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.” [ Read more → ]

N.D. issues tax form for married, gay couples due to same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
BISMARK, N.D. -- The state of North Dakota has released a new tax form designed specifically for married, same-sex couples because the state does not recognize their unions. [ Read more → ]

Grand Forks: First in N.D. to add protections for LGBT city workers

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Grand Forks has become the first city in North Dakota to protect city employees and city job applicants from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

Grand Forks, N.D. considers ban on anti-LGBT employment discrimination

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — City leaders are considering whether to make Grand Forks the first North Dakota community to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Heidi-Heitkamp (D-N.D.)

Two more U.S. Senators announce their support for marriage equality

Friday, April 5, 2013
WASHINGTON — Two freshman Democratic senators from conservative states, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, have joined the growing chorus of lawmakers who say they support gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
Photo by J. Stephen Conn

‘Don’t give up on North Dakota yet … progress will be made’

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Last week the North Dakota Senate defeated SB 2252 with a 20-27 bipartisan vote, which would have amended the North Dakota Human Rights Act and the North Dakota Fair Housing Act to protect LGBT North Dakotans and their family from discrimination in housing,employment, public accommodations and public services. As a lifelong North Dakotan, I am appalled that our state, a state that prides itself on valuing others and taking care of our neighbors, continues to support rhetoric that is pro-discrimination... [ Read more → ]

North Dakota state Senate kills bill to prohibit discrimination against gays

Saturday, February 16, 2013
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Lawmakers in the North Dakota state Senate had killed a bill that would have given gay and lesbian residents protections in the areas in the areas of housing, government, public services and the workplace. [ Read more → ]

Gallup study ranks states according to population of LGBT residents

Friday, February 15, 2013
PRINCETON, NJ -- The percentage of U.S. adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) ranges from 1.7 percent in North Dakota to 5.1 percent in Hawaii, and 10 percent in the District of Columbia, according to a new study by Gallup. [ Read more → ]

North Dakota lawmakers consider bill to prohibit anti-gay discrimination

Thursday, February 7, 2013
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota legislators are considering a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, government, public services and the workplace. [ Read more → ]
Joshua Boschee

North Dakota voters elect first openly gay state legislator

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
FARGO, N.D. -- In a historic first for the Peace Garden State, voters have elected the first openly gay state representative to the North Dakota Legislative Assembly. [ Read more → ]

Jamie Kuntz speaks out about kiss that got him kicked off football team (Video)

Saturday, September 15, 2012
Jamie Kuntz was dropped from the North Dakota State College of Sciences football team less than two weeks ago after he was caught kissing his 65-year-old boyfriend in the press box. [ Read more → ]
Jamie Kuntz

Gay college football player kicked off team after kissing boyfriend in press box

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
WAHPETON, N.D. -- A college freshman football player in North Dakota said he was kicked off the team after creating a "distraction" because he a kissed his much-older boyfriend. [ Read more → ]

Republican candidates split primary wins on Super Tuesday

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The field of Republican presidential candidates didn’t become any more clear Tuesday night after results were declared for the largest number of contests on a single day during the GOP primary season. [ Read more → ]

Fargo gay couple defies North Dakota law, applies for marriage license

Thursday, February 9, 2012
FARGO, N.D. — It's a first in North Dakota. In a follow-up to a story we first brought you last night, a same-sex couple applied for a marriage license seeking the same benefits as a husband and wife. [ Read more → ]
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