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Lobbying for Gay Rights in Grand Forks

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  The Grand Forks City Council is moving forward with plans to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination.

  It was a statewide proposal that died in the Legislature last week.

Logan Fletcher, UND Student President:  "It's shocking to me. It's such an obvious gap in our justice system."

UND Student President, Logan Fletcher says there are already laws on the books to protect people from discrimination because of race, color or creed. However, in North Dakota there's nothing on the books that stops landlords or employers from discriminating against gays and lesbians.

Reporter: "So, if I'm a landlord I can say… if you're gay, I'm not going to rent to you?"

Logan Fletcher: "Right."

Reporter: "And you can do that legally?"

Fletcher: "Right. And there's no legal protections against it right now."

Hal Gershman, GF City Council: "That is so wrong."

  And now, since a statewide proposal died in the Legislature, Fletcher and others are lobbying the Grand Forks City Council to at least pass a City ordinance protecting gay rights.

  They already have majority support in the Council.

Bret Weber, GF City Council: "This will not only have a huge economic impact, it's the right thing to do."

Hal Gershman, GF City Council: "Can you imagine somebody making a decision on who they're going to sell to… who they're going to rent to…. Based on their religion and not somebody's rights? "

  So now, the Council directed the City Attorney to draft an ordinance that could soon protect everyone's rights.

   It's expected the Grand Forks City Council could vote on whether to adopt a new ordinance to protect gay rights, as early as next month.

  The State of Minnesota already has gay rights legislation in place.



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