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Forum staff reports , Published October 28 2013

Fargo commissioners to discuss LGBT housing discrimination today

FARGO – City leaders are scheduled today to discuss ways they can prevent housing discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender residents, including possibly setting up a building registry.

The City Commission will discuss the topic at its meeting at 5 p.m. in the commission chambers, 200 3rd St. N.

Grand Forks recently became the first city in the state to ban housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Fargo city attorney’s office says commissioners here might be able to prevent housing discrimination against LGBT residents if Fargo establishes a building registry like Grand Forks.

Under a building registry, those who rent out housing units within the city would be required to register with the city and adhere to certain policies and regulations.

Commissioner Melissa Sobolik is scheduled to bring up the topic tonight. All five city commissioners have told The Forum they would be willing to further study how or if a building registry would work in Fargo.