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House rejects sexual orientation discrimination legislation

February 18, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s House has rejected a measure that would prohibit housing or workforce discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The bill was defeated 70-22 on Monday. It’s the latest defeat for an idea that’s gone down several times in recent years.

The North Dakota Senate in January rejected a measure that would prohibit housing or workforce discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The House bill does not include gender identity. The North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, which has supported the anti-discrimination bills in the past, said it now opposes the House bill because it does not also include gender identity.

The groups says the omission would “codify into law that it is acceptable to discriminate against transgender people.”

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