FARGO – Fargo attorney Tom Fiebiger was a state senator in 2009 when he introduced a bill that would have added sexual orientation to the list of discriminatory practices banned in North Dakota.
The bill passed the Senate but failed in the House.
Fiebiger is no longer a lawmaker, but he is still an attorney working in civil rights and backs a new bill aimed at protecting people who are gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual.
People like his son, Erik.
“He grew up here. He went to school here and, quite frankly, my son lives in New York,” Fiebiger said.
“It’s difficult to grow up in North Dakota as a gay child and a gay young man, and I think there are a lot of people out there that, unfortunately, have run into a lot of those same issues,” he said.
Fiebiger spoke at a news conference Tuesday discussing the merits of Senate Bill 2252.
The bill would amend the state’s Fair Housing Act and the North Dakota Human Rights Act, making it unlawful to discriminate against someone in housing and employment based on sexual orientation.