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Participants in the F-M Protest for Love gather on the Main Avenue bridge between Fargo and Moorhead. (David Samson / The Forum)

Do North Dakota Gay Rights Activists Really Want to Achieve Their Objectives?

Do North Dakota Gay Rights Activists Really Want to Achieve Their Objectives?

State Rep. Mary Johnson, a Republican from Fargo, has introduced legislation to address alleged discrimination based on sexual orientation in areas like hiring and housing. It’s HB1441, which you can read in full below. Perhaps more interesting than Johnson’s bill, however, is the reaction from supposed gay rights activists who are coming out in opposition

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. Washington Post photo by Ricky Carioti

Supreme Court: Colorado Commission Violated the 1st Amendment Rights of Baker Who Declined Cake for a Gay Wedding

“The [Colorado Civil Rights] Commission’s hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment’s guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion,” Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion in Masterpiece Cake Shop vs. Colorado (read it in full below). More: As the record shows, some of the

The West Fargo Public Library posted this photo of a display of LGBT books on its Facebook page, igniting controversy. Special to The Forum

Republican Lawmakers to Library: Put Those Gay Books Back in the Closet

Apparently because they didn’t have anything better to do, a couple of Republican lawmakers from West Fargo got their skirts up over their heads because of a display at the local public library promoting LGBT-themed books. From the Fargo Forum: The library mounted the display of 24 books on LGBT topics in early August in anticipation

Rep. Joshua Boschee, D-Fargo, listens to Human Services Committee Chairman Rep. Robin Weisz, R-Hurdsfield, answer a question he posed during the floor debate on HB1386 at the state Capitol on 2-10-2017. The bill, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, was defeated 22-69.

North Dakota Democrats Are Goldbricking on the Gay Rights Debate

Earlier this month legislation to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity failed in the state Legislature for the fourth consecutive time. After that latest failure I asked a question: Why do Democrats keep trying to win this policy fight by doing the same thing over and over again? For more than eight

Rep. Joshua Boschee, D-Fargo, listens to Human Services Committee Chairman Rep. Robin Weisz, R-Hurdsfield, answer a question Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, during the floor debate on HB1386 at the state Capitol in Bismarck. The bill, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, was defeated 22-69. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota’s Democrats Are Sandbagging Gay Rights Legislation

For the fourth time in the last decade legislation to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity failed in the state Legislature (watch video of the floor debate here). Not surprisingly that news inspired frustration and disappointment among some, including U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, the only Democrat elected to statewide office in our state.

The Republican Party Needs More Peter Thiel

I wrote about Trump’s speech nomination acceptance speech earlier today – I was impressed with his speech in terms of its political effectiveness, but I still think he’s a problematic candidate – but the real highlight of the RNC convention for me was Peter Thiel’s speech. You can watch it in full below. It’s short,

State Rep. Joshua Boschee (D-Fargo) said in remarks urging support for SB 2279 it would signal that North Dakota is a welcome place and accepting of the LGBT community. Photo by TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Fargo Business Won't Make Logo For Gay-Friendly Church

Fargo’s St. Mark’s Lutheran Church – a gay-friendly congregation – asked a local business called Custom Graphics Inc., to design a new logo for them. The owner of that business initially worked with them, but after finding out that the design would include rainbow themes which are representative of the homosexual rights movement, he decided he

When Social Change Doesn't Require Courts Or Laws: Boy Scouts Reconsidering Ban On Gay Leaders

“We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained,” former Secretary of Defense and current President of Boy Scouts of America Robert Gates said, as reported by Reuters. That’s a remarkable thing to hear. For decades

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