State of North Dakota secondary Archives: on Civil Rights


Dustin Peyer: Lead fight against discrimination by sexual orientation

Peyer will be a Co-Sponsor and vocal supporter to expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other anti-discrimination laws to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. Discrimination in any form should not be tolerated. It's very disturbing to me when elected officials do not stand for all citizens. I will help any group or organization update the ND constitution regarding marriage, sexual orientation, and other issues that need to be addressed.
Source: 2018 North Dakota Senatorial website PeyerForSenate.org Oct 1, 2017

Eliot Glassheim: Supports same-sex marriage

Q: Do you support same-sex marriage?

A: Yes.

Source: VoteSmart 2016 North Dakota Political Courage Test Aug 8, 2016

Doug Burgum: No discrimination because of sexual orientation

Q: Would you support discrimination protections for LGBT citizens?

Nelson: Yes.

Stenehjem: I do support extending anti-discrimination protections for the LBGT community in housing and employment. One thing that will be necessary is to establish that discrimination in that area is a problem that needs to be addressed. No one should have to worry about finding a job or a place to live because of their sexual orientation. But these protections must also be accompanied by protections for religious freedom, especially as it relates to small business.

Burgum: As with any legislation, the specific language is very important. I believe no one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and would want to work with the legislature to appropriately address this issue.

Source: Grand Forks Herald on 2016 North Dakota Gubernatorial debate Jun 25, 2016

Wayne Stenehjem: LGBT protection in housing & jobs, but religious freedom too

Q: Would you support discrimination protections for LGBT citizens?

Nelson: Yes.

Stenehjem: I do support extending anti-discrimination protections for the LBGT community in housing and employment. One thing that will be necessary is to establish that discrimination in that area is a problem that needs to be addressed. No one should have to worry about finding a job or a place to live because of their sexual orientation. But these protections must also be accompanied by protections for religious freedom, especially as it relates to small business.

Burgum: As with any legislation, the specific language is very important. I believe no one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and would want to work with the legislature to appropriately address this issue.

Source: Grand Forks Herald on 2016 North Dakota Gubernatorial debate Jun 25, 2016

Marvin Nelson: Supports Equal Pay for Equal Work

"A future where women get equal pay for equal work," posted Nelson.
Source: Facebook post on 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial race May 13, 2016

Doug Burgum: Gay marriage is ok, but not running on social issues

Very few southwest North Dakotans pushed them on Burgum's social leanings -- both he and Stenehjem are on record supporting gay marriage and have been quiet on most other social issues -- and said he saw this as a sign of what voters are truly concerned about.

"We're not running on social issues," Burgum said. "We're running because we believe we can get conservative business leaders into the office -- people who can help set the state on the right track, relative to our fiscal things. It (social issues) doesn't come up. We don't talk about it and they don't bring it up, because I don't think it's the thing that's leading on voter's minds right now."

Source: Dickinson Press on 2016 North Dakota gubernatorial race Apr 20, 2016

Robert Marquette: Oppose legislation negatively impacting LGBT community

Issues listed on Marquette's website include auditing the Federal Reserve, strengthening gun rights and opposing legislation that would negatively impact the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Source: Bismarck Tribune on 2016 North Dakota Senate race Feb 22, 2016

Rick Becker: Add "sexual orientation" to definition of discrimination

N.D. Legislative voting records for S.B. 2279 Rep. Rick Becker voted YEA:
Source: North Dakota Legislative voting records for S.B. 2279 Apr 2, 2015

Thomas Campbell: Voted NO on "sexual orientation" in defining discrimination

N.D. Legislative voting records for S.B. 2279 Sen. Campbell voted NAY:
Source: North Dakota Legislative voting records for S.B. 2279 Apr 2, 2015

Kevin Cramer: Marriage is defined in Scripture

Q: Do you support same-sex marriage?

A: Marriage is defined in Scripture and tradition. Its definition is not subject to politicians.

Source: North Dakota Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Tracy Potter: Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation

Sen. Potter voted YES on SB 2278. The bill passed the Senate 27-19.

Project Vote Smart's Synopsis: Vote to add sexual orientation, which includes gender identity, to the list of characteristics in which discrimination is prohibited with respect to employment, credit, housing, insurance, and public accommodations and services, with exemptions being granted to religious organizations. Defines "sexual orientation" as an actual or perceived homosexuality, bisexuality, or gender identity.

Source: North Dakota Legislative voting records Feb 18, 2009

Tracy Potter: No job discrimination by sexual orientation/gender identity

Source: North Dakota voting records (VoteSmart Synopsis) Feb 18, 2009

Tracy Potter: Repeal Cohabitation Law: unmarried couples can live together

Source: North Dakota voting records (VoteSmart Synopsis) Jan 4, 2007

Wayne Stenehjem: No same-sex marriage; no hate-crime laws for gays

Q: Do you believe that the North Dakota government should recognize same-sex marriages?

A: No.

Q: Do you believe that sexual orientation should be added to North Dakota's anti-discrimination laws?

A: No.

Source: 1996 North Dakota National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1996

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