On Friday, January 25th, the North Dakota Senate voted down efforts to add LGBT protections to the state laws. The finally tally was 20-27 for a bill that would have provided protections in the areas of housing and employment.
Those in favor of the bill wanted to let the LGBT community that they’re welcome in North Dakota. The state has consistently found itself suffering from workforce shortages. The bill could have helped enticed LGBT people to join and not fear being fired for their sexual orientation.
Opponents of the bill said it would be like legislating people to be nice to each other. They feel it would lead to lawsuits rather than protecting people’s rights to work without fear of discrimination. In the ten years that the GOP has controlled the legislative body in North Dakota, they’ve voted similar bills down five time.