Same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states by ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court. North Dakota state law still defines marriage as between a woman and a man, and several sections refer exclusively to “husband and wife.”
To bring state law up to date with reality, a new bill would redefine “husband and wife” as “spouses” or “two individuals married to each other.”
It’s an obvious and necessary fix. Still, Fargo Rep. Joshua Boschee (D-Fargo) expects the bill will find resistance when it’s considered by the state Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Messages of support/opposition can be sent to committee members. You can find their contact info here.