ND Legislature Trying to Pretend Gay Marriage Isn’t Legal

Republican Kelly Armstrong is on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A bill to change state law to reflect the legalization of same-sex marriage was met with strong opposition in a North Dakota State Senate committee on Monday, Rep. Joshua Boschee says.

The bill would replace references to “husband and wife” in state law with “spouses” or “two individuals married to each other.” In a 4-2 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee issued a “do not pass” recommendation. The full Senate will vote on it Tuesday or Wednesday.

One of the two dissenting votes on the committee came from a high-profile Republican: Sen. Kelly Armstrong, who is chairman of the state GOP. The other came from Sen. Carolyn Nelson, a Democrat from Fargo.

Voting in favor of the “do not pass” recommendation were: Sen. Janne Myrdal (R-Edinburg), Sen. Diane Larson (R-Bismarck), Sen. Larry Luick (R-Fairmount) and Sen. Arne Osland (R-Mayville).

A July 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

Correction: This post incorrectly stated the date of the committee vote. It was on Monday, Jan. 9, not Tuesday, Jan. 10.

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