BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Senate on Feb. 17 approved a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the state’s anti-discrimination law.
The Associated Press reported the measure passed in the Republican-controlled chamber by a 25-22 vote margin, in spite of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s recommendation not to approve the bill.
State Sen. Carolyn Nelson (DNLP-Fargo) said the bill would extend “basic protections in the home and workplace” to LGBT North Dakotans. The Associated Press reported the Democrat also stressed the measure would prevent people from losing their jobs or homes because of their sexual orientation.
The bill will now go to the North Dakota House of Representatives.