- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The attorney for several same-sex couples who challenged North Dakota’s ban on gay marriage is criticizing the Legislature for refusing to update state laws now that it’s legal.

The state Senate voted this week not to change dozens of legal references such as “husband and wife” to gender-neutral terms.

Joshua Newville, the attorney, says the state must stop discriminating against same-sex couples. He says legislators should “quit with the political games and do the right thing.”

Newville singled out Sen. Kelly Armstrong for saying the refusal was merely symbolic.

Armstrong says North Dakota isn’t doing anything illegal by not updating the laws.

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