GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) _ Grand Forks has become the first city in North Dakota to protect city employees and applicants from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
The City Council voted Monday night to add the protection to local law. Some residents now want it extended to all workers in the city and to those seeking housing within city limits.
City Attorney Howard Swanson says he is drafting an ordinance dealing with housing but that a law dealing with private employment is beyond the authority of the city.
Rural Grand Forks resident Ray Dohman criticized the change to city law, calling the amendment ``evil.''
City Councilman Bret Weber says Fargo, Grafton and Mandan have been following the process in Grand Forks and might consider similar proposals.