Will North Dakota pass a gay-inclusive nondiscrimination law soon?

The North Dakota Legislature is entering its second month and lawmakers are busy introducing and voting on bills in their respective chambers. On tap this week is a familiar but oft-failed anti-discrimination proposal, along with updates to laws regarding trespassing and riots that are aimed at protesters of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Lawmakers have defeated legislation three times in the past eight years that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Fargo Democratic Rep. Josh Boschee, the state’s first and only openly gay legislator, believes the fourth time will be a charm.

The Boschee-sponsored bipartisan legislation would add sexual orientation to the list of classes of people specifically protected against discrimination under state law. Similar legislation failed during the 2009, 2013 and 2015 sessions.

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