I’m from ND, and very ashamed at the speed that the state, already a long-time die-hard Republican state, is going backwards instead of forwards. The Tea Party, with all it’s uber-Christian exclusion and hate, has managed to weasel it’s way into the state via hardcore Christian lawmakers that want to take the state back to the 1940s. ND legislators voted against including gays and lesbians in it’s Human Rights Act, which would have prohibited discrimination in employment and housing for homosexuals and would have lifted them up from the second-class citizenship status they currently are forced to accept. Right now in ND, if you are gay OR even a heterosexual couple you can be denied housing, things are that backwards here. And it’s not only gays that ND doesn’t want around: women’s rights are in the state’s crosshairs, as the state’s lawmakers intend to make abortion illegal, and if unsuccessful at that, intend to shut down the state’s only women’s clinic that provides abortions. Also in the works is a bill that would force couples intending to divorce to attend marriage counseling and be required to wait a year before legally being able to divorce. ND is at this time enjoying an economic upturn through revenue from the Bakken oil formation, and our leaders have become focused on ensuring that money keeps flowing in as long as possible, so they have turned a blind eye to any ecological issues due to fracking and ignore the destruction of much of the NW part of the state, all in the name of the almighty dollar. The state also is a Right To Work State, having shrugged off unions as unnecessary and evil decades ago, resulting in extremely low wages with the exception of the aforementioned Bakken oil formation. Bottom line: ND is a great place to live if you are an extremely conservative white male who owns your own business. If you are anything other than that, you might want to look elsewhere for a spot to call home. Oh, and I forgot: ND also has some of the most lax animal cruelty laws in the country. Just recently almost 100 horses were found dead near Bismarck, the remaining live ones were of course emaciated and in very poor health. What does someone who perpetrates such horror on an animal receive in ND? A misdemeanor charge, accompanied by a small fine. Not even animals are wanted in North Dakota.