North Dakota is not likely to join neighboring Minnesota in allowing gay marriages anytime soon, some political and legal experts say. 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 conservative North Dakota. Seventy-three percent of voters approved that constitutional amendment. "People are presuming this wave of states legalizing same-sex marriage is part of an unstoppable trend," Jendrysik told The Forum newspaper (http://bit.ly/10UWBiI ). "It's not a given. Nothing is inevitable in politics."