ND Democrat calls her fellow legislators “homophobic”

Oversen said opponents claimed that the discrimination bill would have opened a door to gay marriage in North Dakota. Some raised concern about pedophilia and religion, he said. Oversen said the bill included exemptions for religious organizations, but opponents objected that it would have forced Catholic business owners to serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender population.

“The arguments against are outdated, they are homophobic and inappropriate,” Oversen said.

The North Dakota vote comes as nearby states also have tackled LGBT issues. In Montana, lawmakers have been debating legislation to remove the state’s law against gay sex. The ban has been deemed unconstitutional by the state and U.S. supreme courts. Earlier this month, the Wyoming House of Representatives rejected legislation to allow domestic partnerships. The Wyoming vote followed a committee hearing that included debate over whether sexuality was a choice.

Boschee told HuffPost he is talking to local leaders about potential local discrimination bans and plans to discuss a ban for state employees with Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R). He called Thursday’s vote “going backwards.”

Oversen and Boschee said they plan to reintroduce the legislation in 2015. Oversen said the Senate vote defines North Dakota.

“It speaks volumes about how far behind we are socially right now,” Oversen said. “Not only on this issue, but abortion and voter ID. Every single controversial social issue is coming up this year and they are passing with flying colors. We are saying that citizens of our state can be discriminated against for who they are and who they love.”

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Dirty Harry

    What a load of crap.

    If Oversen disagrees with someone, she simply throws out a trite label in an attempt to discredit and degrade them. Sorry, but that old dog doesn’t hunt. In fact, it’s just plain childish. If the freshmen representative wants cooperation from her fellow legislators in future matters, she may wish to refrain from personal attacks and immature tantrums.

    As far as being “behind socially” it depends upon how one defines progress. If you believe progress is slipping into an ever increasing state of depravity and debauchery, then our progress in North Dakota is probably slower than other states, but we’re getting there nonetheless. Essentially, the talk about going backwards is simply liberal bloviating because they didn’t get their way. Hang in there libs, the world really is going your way, just not as fast as you would like in some states.

    • sbark

      well done

  • Lianne

    We see a different side/image of Miss Overson than we saw from the blog post on February 1st.