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Beverly Luther, Minneapolis, Published April 16 2014

Letter: I won’t be moving to North Dakota

The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently reported on the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation’s aggressive and well-funded workforce recruitment campaign to attract permanent private-sector workforce employees to North Dakota. While I know that North Dakota and Fargo have a lot to offer, I won’t be moving to Fargo from Minneapolis because same-sex marriage is not recognized in North Dakota.

My father grew up in North Dakota; his grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Russia who settled in Fargo in the early 20th century. North Dakota holds a special place in my heart. For the right opportunity, I might consider moving to Fargo because it has a sense of the familiar and personal history.

However, there is not a job in the world that is important enough or could pay enough to justify leaving my state and federal rights at the border upon crossing the Red River. As it turns out, many employable Generation X and millennials feel similarly, regardless of whether they are LGBT. Equality speaks volumes, even to those whose rights aren’t affected.

If North Dakota wants its campaign to succeed and to attract workers from welcoming communities like the Twin Cities, the social climate must match the needs and wants of the folks North Dakota hopes to attract. An open and welcoming state benefits everyone.