If the bill passes, sexual orientation could be added to the list of classes of individuals that are specifically protected from discrimination in North Dakota.

Proponents of House Bill 1386 say that many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens have a fear of losing their jobs, or in some cases, their residence if the law currently remains as is. However, opponents of the bill say it is unnecessary and could force businesses and/or organizations to go against their own beliefs.

The state law in North Dakota currently prohibits discrimination based on "race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, and status in regards to marriage or public assistance." Should the bill pass, sexual orientation would be added to that list. It would be the fourth time in the past eight years that the legislation is being considered.

Source: The Column