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GRAND FORKS, North Dakota — even Grand Forks! – is considering a bill to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  If it passes, Grand Forks would be the first city in North Dakota to do so.

One City Council member said that “Fargo, Grafton and Mandan are waiting to see the outcome of the proposed amendment to Grand Forks law defining classes protected from discrimination.”

The Grand Forks Herald said that “Opponents worry that it would infringe on the religious and property rights of others, saying people with religious convictions against homosexuality should be able to refuse to do business with or rent housing to homosexuals. Supporters say that stance is outdated, and formal protections against it shouldn’t even be needed.”