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N.D. shop owner says ban on lawmakers who nixed LGBT rights bill served its purpose

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Joe Curry, a barista and one of the owners at Red Raven Espresso Parlor in Fargo, N.D., became the focal point of an anti-discrimination debate after he posted a sign mocking lawmakers who voted against a bill to prohibit discrimination in housing and government based on sexual orientation.
The co-owner of a Fargo coffee shop who instituted a tongue-in-cheek ban on North Dakota lawmakers for opposing an anti-discrimination bill says the response has been "99.9 percent positive" and that he made his point, even if a few people didn't like it. [...]

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Former North Dakota governor ‘probably’ considered LGBT people in 1981 policy

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Former North Dakota Gov. Allen Olson (R), speaking in Bismarck in 2008.
Former North Dakota Gov. Allen Olson said Tuesday he "probably" considered lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people when he crafted a nondiscrimination policy for state employees 34 years ago. [...]

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North Dakota governor issues memo to state agencies barring discrimination against gays

Monday, April 6, 2015
Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R-N.D.)
GOP Gov. Jack Dalrymple told government departments Monday that discrimination against anyone is unacceptable, just two hours before Democrats delivered a letter calling on him to issue an executive order prohibiting bias against gays and lesbians. [...]

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15 states urge U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans

Monday, April 6, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
Eight states where same-sex couples can marry are among 15 states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans and leave the matter to voters and lawmakers. [...]

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North Dakota GOP governor wants ban on anti-gay discrimination

Friday, April 3, 2015
Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R-N.D.)
North Dakota's Republican governor on Thursday said state lawmakers missed an opportunity to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination when they failed for the third time in six years to pass a measure that would prohibit bias in housing and employment based on sexual orientation. [...]

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North Dakota lawmakers again kill bill banning discrimination against gays

Thursday, April 2, 2015
North Dakota state capitol in Bismark
For the third time in six years, the North Dakota Legislature has killed legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. [...]

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North Dakota House panel opposes bill banning anti-LGBT discrimination

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
North Dakota state capitol in Bismark
A North Dakota House committee is opposing legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, government, public services and the workplace. [...]

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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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