Planned Parenthood believes firmly in absolute equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered people everywhere. Here in North Dakota, it is an outrage that LGBT individuals can be discriminated against in the workplace, at businesses, by landlords and healthcare providers. We are staunch supporters of the Non- Discrimination bill 2279; a bill to end discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing and employment in North Dakota.
On Monday the anti-discrimination bill was heard before the House and Human Services committee. Testimony lasted the length of the day in a packed room! 21 states and the District of Columbia all have anti-discrimination policies in law for individuals based on sexual orientation.
Testimony in favor of 2279 was given by a wide cross section of North Dakotans including parents, business owners, employers, employees, military vets, and Faith leaders. Opposition to ending legal discrimination came from the ND Family Alliance and the Catholic Conference. And, opponents of the bill flew in nationally recognized anti-human rights advocate, Kellie Fiedorek, to elevate her own brand of oppression.
You can check out the Forum's Editorial in support of passage of SB 2279.
Send a letter to tell your state representatives that discrimination is not a North Dakota Value.