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Human Rights Bring North Dakota Clergy to D.C.

April 18, 2007


Nearly 200 clergymen from the across the country-including three North Dakota ministers, were in Washington D.C. Tuesday, asking the state's congressional delegation to back federal legislation to end hate-motivated violence and workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Rev. Ron Hildahl was one of the three. A former Lutheran pastor who left the church when he came out, Hildahl helped found a G.L.B.T. rights organization. He says working with Dakota OutRight has shown him that discrimination quietly exists in North Dakota.

"We hear the stories about people who have lost their job or fearful they can not get a job because of their sexuality."

All three of the ministers from North Dakota came away from meetings with Rep. Pomeroy and Sens. Dorgan and Conrad, saying they feel more confident that when legislation comes before Congress, North Dakota's delegation will be supportive.

The Rev. Keith Mills, pastor of the United Church of Christ in Grand Forks, notes that his congregation was the first U.C.C. church in North Dakota to open its doors to the G.L.T.B. community, but it's one of the few officially "welcoming" congregations in the state.

"The community needs to be a safe place and a fair place for everyone. I was struck talking to gay and lesbian people in Grand Forks, that there was no place or organization that has reached out to say this is a safe place."

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ND