- Created on Saturday, 18 February 2017 00:00
A pair of North Dakota lawmakers are under fire for defending the state's Blue Laws by arguing Sunday is for wives to serve their husbands, not go shopping. North Dakota's Blue Laws, which require some businesses to open late on Sundays and others, including car dealerships, to remain closed all day, were the subject of a debate on the floor of the state House of Representatives. Rep. Bernie Satrom argued against changing the laws, saying Sundays are for "spending time with your wife, your husband. Making him breakfast, bringing it to him in bed and then after that go take your kids for a walk." Rep. Vernon Laning, R-8th District, offered another reason to keep the Blue Laws on the books. "I don't know about you but my wife has no problem spending everything I earn in 6 and a half days. And I don't think it hurts at all to have a half day off," Laning said. Satrom and Laning have come under fire from the public for their sexist comments. "It's frustrating personally because when you know those are the people representing you and you don't feel like you're being represented and those kind of backwards ways of thinking are still present, it's really, it's upsetting," Fargo resident Sarah Cramer told local news. Satrom did not respond to a call for comment, but Laning laughed and said he does not understand why anyone was offended by his statement, which he said was meant to be a joke. He suggested people offended by his words might be lacking a sense of humor.