ND’s first gay legislator “appalled” by his state

Last week the North Dakota Senate defeated SB 2252 with a 21-26 bipartisan vote, which would have amended the North Dakota Human Rights Act and the North Dakota Fair Housing Act to protect LGBT North Dakotans and their family from discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations and public services.

As a lifelong North Dakotan, I am appalled that our state, a state that prides itself on valuing others and taking care of our neighbors, continues to support rhetoric that is pro-discrimination.

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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  • Clint F

    Of course…liberals always have tantrums when they don’t get what they want.

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      There’s no need to create special rights for homosexuals.

      • Realitybasedbob

        Of course not. Equal ones would be great start though, huh.

        • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

          Everyone has equal rights, not everyone is equal.

          • Neiman

            We assure every citizen an equal right to pursue the American dream and all that it implies, while we do not guarantee equal outcome/results for anyone.

            Liberals and Obama believe we MUST guarantee equal results by income redistribution. That is, we must take away the fruits of their labor of those that dare succeed and give them to those that refuse to work towards success.

            During most of our history, until recent liberal decades; immigrant Americans took considerable pride in their struggles and sacrifices to climb out of poverty and achieve the American dream, they were proud to be Americans first. Now, we take pride in how much milk we can squeeze from the American tit without investing any effort or going through any struggles at all; and, we insult this country when we hyphenate ourselves into _______ Americans, the first words indicating a higher allegiance to a foreign power, no longer proud to be Americans and having achieved our dreams by the sweat of our brow, rather we demand the fruits of success without earning them.

          • realitybasedbrc

            you are incorrect, but it isn’t a first time.

            nor are you alone in this crowd of ill-informed misogynists and homophobes.

            you keep great company.

          • opinionated

            Why would anyone want to be federally protected like a Polar Bear?

          • opinionated

            Kevin you are so witty and to the point, I love it. Right on target 90% of the time

        • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

          Gays want special rights. If they get fired they want the employer to have to prove that they weren’t fired for being homosexual. Same thing goes with housing and who knows what else.

          They also want to change the definition of marriage to suit their likes.

          • Neiman

            Gays have always had, have now and will have in the future EQUAL RIGHTS under our constitution; what they and their liberal fellow travelers want is – Special Rights, rights greater than all others, based solely of their sexual conduct inside and outside the bedroom. They do not want equal rights, they have equal rights, they demand unequal rights.

          • opinionated

            They can have special unions,promise ceremonies, or whatever else they like, but marriage is between one man and one woman. Put it on the ballot Mr. Boschee

      • $8194357

        Protected class status is totally opposite our Equal under the rule of law systems…Thats why the left has used marxist social justice to create so many “protected class” groups…Class warefare divide and destroy from within…
        The Founders are spinning in their graves at Americas indoctrinated/brainwashed socialist/communist ideological ignorance….

  • ec99

    ” a state that prides itself on valuing others and taking care of our neighbors”
    How did he come up with that? ND is xenophobic, parochial, and provincial. If you weren’t born here, you’re a foreigner, no matter how long you’ve lived here and how many taxes you’ve paid. The legislature has an in loco parentis attitude, determining what is best for its ignorant children: what time they may shop on Sundays, which pharmacies may set up shop, bottle rockets are verboten. Now they, in their infinite wisdom, have opted to challenge Roe v. Wade, make divorce more difficult, and continue to suck money out of people’s pockets, because no revenue is ever enough. In this environment, did this guy actually believe gays would be viewed as citizens deserving of basic rights?

    • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

      You have a bunch of people in Bismarck who are just reliving their “glory days” in student government.

  • Neiman

    What is wrong or unAmerican about discrimination based on conduct? Yes, against race/ethnicity, skin color or other immutable factors, it is critical that people in business and government not discriminate in commerce or under law treat anyone unequally, it must not be allowed.

    That caveat stated clearly, as an American citizen don’t I have the right and the responsibility to not hire or rent to a sex offender or a known murderer or drug addict or others than place my family, neighbors or workers at risk? If I have certain core values based on my faith and I own a business of any kind, why am I not allowed to not do business with people that openly oppose my beliefs? Won’t the highly coveted marketplace and Free Speech decide if I am allowed to stray in business, as those disagreeing will simply not do business with me?

    My point is a simple one, is all discrimination unAmerican and unlawful? May we not be able to discriminate based on behavior that offends our values? Where is that dictated in our Constitution?

    • ec99

      Everyone discriminates. You do it when you buy a car, laundry detergent, or a fast food place. And i really have no problem with property owners seek to determine whom they will rent to or employers whom they hire. If they wish to forego the rent money or an excellent worker, so be it. problem is, that is not where government is moving. Look at the smoking laws. A restaurant owner’s business is run by government fiat. Wait til he has to remove salt from the table, booze from the bar, and red meat from the menu. All because others don’t like it. As for the Constitution, it has been interpreted to death. Roe v. Wade was all based on Blackmun finding a “right to privacy” in the document. Even though those words are not there. Neither does the term “wall between church and state.” That’s Jefferson in a letter. But that is what has evolved.

      • Neiman

        When the Supreme Court was first formed, no one wanted to serve, it was a nothing job. The Constitution was self explanatory, just read the dang words and act accordingly. Then, fairly early on, the Court asserted greater power to interpret the Constitution, by looking to extra-Constitutional documents and translating original intent, not the actual words, but the intent of the framers. Clinton is a prime example of this lunacy, arguing what the definition of “is” – “is.”

        So, what we have is chaos. If the words of the Constitution do not have exact meaning, we can never trust a single word to mean exactly what it says and thus we have no Constitution; what we have is a Constitution that can mean one thing today and another tomorrow; and, we cannot conduct our lives with any assurance that we are protected by the Constitution, because it has mysteriously changed. Sad thing is, the framers allow us to change its meaning, but they made it hard, very hard, as it should be and liberal are impatient to change it to reflect their socialist values and so they just change it at will and we have little means of opposing them and challenging them, as we are fighting city hall, so to speak.

        • ec99

          What you are decribing is what Orwell termed “Newspeak.” The last guy who was an original intent jurist got borked at his Senate Judiciary hearing: Robert Bork. There is no doubt the Constitution is analogous to the Bible: circumstances change, to what extent to societal differences demand reinterpretations, while maintaining the original spirit? Reinventing the wording does not work.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    I’m appalled at Boshee’s obvious conflict of interest.

  • Yogibare

    Just wondering: how would a landlord, in the process of renting an apartment, know if the person seeking a place to rent is in the category of GLBTQ ? Is this something that is readily apparent to a landlord? Is this something the renter feels compelld to tell the landlord?
    Or, is this some kind of “test” where the renter will make the statement to the landlord to see if there is a refusal. If there is a refusal, then that is discrimination—-aha moment!
    Maybe the State and federal gov. should stay out of such matters—it is none of their business either!

    • opinionated

      Excellent perception

  • opinionated

    Mr. Boschee was this the reason you wanted to be elected? To push the gay agenda? I am so sick of being divided by stupidity. I consider you a human I consider your sexual orientation personal business, so should you. If you guys think you are ever going to get to the point that the thoughts of gay and lesbian sex does not give most people the Heebie Jeebies you are sadly mistaken. To want to be singled out for whom you sleep with and then given federal protection like a Polar Bear astounds me

  • Charlie T

    Go ahead, Mr. Boshee. Insult your fellow legislators. You’ll find out how much cooperation they give to you and your district when you really need something.

    Bad form, Mr. Boshee.