Friday night our Round Table with Scott Hennen, host of What’s On Your Mind on AM 1100 The Flag, Marty Riske, former ND gubernatorial candidate on the Libertarian ticket, plus Bernie Erickson, a Hillary supporter joined us to discuss several issues.
In this segment we talked about a bill (SB2043) recently discussed on the ND Senate floor about changing the language in ND laws so marriage is defined as more gender neutral rather than between a man and a woman. When the bill got shot down on the Senate floor, Bernie Erickson had his attorney send a letter to ND Senator Kelly Armstrong, and in part of his letter the attorney stated:
Your comments regarding the “symbolic” nature of the legislature’s recent actions suggest that it seeks to act like the southern states that refused to recognize Brown v. Board of Education. I sincerely hope that is not the case.
:18 - Bernie Erickson, “First of all the North Dakota legislators never miss an opportunity to remind the LGBT community that they are substandard citizens…”
1:00 - Bernie Erickson suggests that he cannot sell a piece of property without his signature and his wife’s signature...the issue is that he does not have a wife, he has a husband, thus he feels this potentially inhibits his ability to sell a piece of real estate.
1:50 - A couple of years ago on MSNBC Bernie Erickson said something to the effect of, “I am a 50 year old white guy in North Dakota and my life is pretty good.”
2:58 - Scott Hennen says, “This bill was introduced for one reason...politics…”
3:45 - ND Governor Doug Burgum recently told Rob Port that he feels the people that voted to change the language in SB2043 to a more gender neutral language showed courage.
6:00 - So would this bill make a difference for the LGBT community in a legal sense?