Officials say gay marriage movement unlikely in ND

Published On: May 14 2013 09:22:27 AM CDT
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -

Some officials in North Dakota say the state is not likely to join neighboring Minnesota in allowing gay marriages anytime soon.

University of North Dakota political science professor Mark Jendrysik points to a 2004 vote to ban same-sex marriages as evidence that the mindset is different in North Dakota. Seventy-three percent of voters approved that constitutional amendment.

Jendrysik tells The Forum newspaper people presume that a wave of states legalizing gay marriage is an unstoppable trend. But he says that's not the case, especially in conservative North Dakota.

Voters would have to approve same-sex marriage in North Dakota because marriage is defined in the state's constitution. North Dakota Family Alliance director Tom Freier says he doesn't think much has changed in voters' minds in the past nine years.