North Dakota

STATUS:

Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

State advocacy groups are working toward fairness for all of North Dakota's families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits relationship recognition for same-sex couples in the state.

HISTORY:

In 2004, anti-gay forces in North Dakota pushed through Constitutional Measure 1, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage. 

GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:

POLLING DATA:

Support for the freedom to marry has nearly doubled in the past 8 years, with 40% of the state's residents now supporting marriage. In 2004, just 23% were supportive. (Williams Institute, 2012)      

NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:

According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 559 same-sex couples are living in North Dakota, representing 2.0 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

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Resources Related to North Dakota

North Dakota Census Snapshot

Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in North Dakota.

Geographic Trends Among Same-Sex Couples in the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey

Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".

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