Thursday, February 19, 2009

North Dakota vs. Utah -- ND WINS!

So, on the back of Utah getting rid of every possibility of passing a gay rights bill this session in that state, the North Dakota state Senate has passed a bill extending protections for gays and lesbians.

From the Grand Forks Herald:

"If someone is not doing their job, or habitually tardy, or doesn't get along with people, they can still be fired, whether gay, lesbian or straight," said Sen. Tom Fiebiger, D-Fargo. "What employers can't do under this law is fire someone because they are gay."

The bill goes onto the state house (as HB2278) for approval there, and would then go onto Republican Gov. John Hoeven for approval. We'll see how that goes.

Meanwhile, the ND Diocese is insane. Even though they got an addenda that protects religious insitutions' rights to discriminate at will, they still feel that it does not protect employers where "a prohibition against sexual activity outside of marriage is a legitimate qualification for a particular job."

I'm sorry, what?

What's up with these big Western states? Weird news coming out of all of them.

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