Same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. Period. But today the North Dakota legislature refused to accept that reality.
The state Senate voted 31-15 to kill a bill that would have updated state law, which contains a large number of references to “husband and wife,” in light of the fact that couples aren’t exclusively husband and wife anymore.
These changes are clearly needed, and important. They affect spousal support, transfer of property, contracts and adoption, to name just a few issues.
But no. Legislators want to make life very, very difficult for same-sex couples. They don’t care that the Supreme Court ruled, definitively, on this issue over a year ago. Maybe they believe that President Donald Trump will magically overturn this ruling. Not gonna happen. What these pigheaded ideologues in the legislature have done is actually quite simple: they’ve invited a lawsuit, the cost of which will be paid by taxpayers. So much for fiscal responsibility.
Here are the votes:
FAILED in the Senate
(Nay) Larsen, O.
(Nay) Larson, D.
(Nay) Lee, G.
(Yea) Lee, J.