Texarkana, Arkansas nondiscrimination ordinance defeated at the polls on Tuesday Texarkana Gazette • June 29, 2016 The Texarkana, Ark., antidiscrimination ordinance, popularly known as M-130, was defeated at the polls on Tuesday. Soundly. The vote was just over 3,400 to repeal the ordinance with only 881 voting to keep it. That’s a landslide by anyone’s reckoning. Those who led the repeal effort ar
Texarkana, Arkansas voters to weigh in on anti-discrimination policy Gayly • April 5, 2016 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Texarkana, Arkansas, residents will vote on whether the city’s new anti-discrimination policy will stay or go. The Texarkana Gazette reports that members of the city’s board of directors voted Monday to use nearly $23,000 of the city’s fund balance to pay
Arkansas appealing ruling on city’s LGBT protections The Gayly • March 30, 2016 LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ attorney general is appealing a judge’s ruling that a city ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity doesn’t conflict with a state law aimed at blocking local protections for gays and lesbians. Read more here.
Court rules against Arkansas LGBT rights ban Sun Times • March 2, 2016 On Tuesday, a state judge ruled that Arkansas Act 137 — prohibiting the creation of new protected categories or classes of discrimination that are not already listed within state law — didn’t apply to Fayetteville’s Uniform Civil Rights Protection ordinance. The ordinance includes civil
Fayetteville, Arkansas Nondiscrimination Ordinance Goes into Effect Saturday Arkansas Matters • November 6, 2015 FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A judge has denied a request to stay Fayetteville’s nondiscrimination ordinance, meaning it will go into effect on Saturday. The nondiscrimination ordinance passed by a 53 to 47 percent vote in September, adding employment, housing and public accommodation protectio
Fayetteville, Arkansas Adopts Civil Rights Ordinance 53-47 Arkansas Times • September 8, 2015 Fayetteville voters have ratified a city civil rights ordinance by a 53-47 vote. The ordinance was passed by the City Council and referred to voters as a new, and more popularly supported, effort at a civil rights ordinance that extended protections to LGBT people after a referendum late last year r
Fayetteville, Arkansas Ordinance: the Good vs. the Perfect Arkansas Times • August 27, 2015 The ordinance has real flaws in terms of the breadth of its religious exemptions. In the end, however, the substantive and symbolic gains for LGBT rights in the state that would come from a victory by the measure outweigh the ordinance’s very real flaws. Read more here.
Cops Toss Fayetteville, Arkansas Activists from Duggar-Sanctioned Group’s Anti-LGBT Rights Rally Raw Story • August 12, 2015 A group working to block a municipal civil rights ordinance that would protect LGBT people from discrimination had ordinance supporters escorted out of a Tuesday rally by police. Protect Fayetteville’s anti-ordinance rally featured Oregon bakers, Aaron and Melissa Klein, who made national news af
Arkansas Voters Weigh In On Religious Freedom Restoration Act Talk Business & Politics • June 18, 2015 By a nearly two-to-one margin, Arkansas voters believe in the state’s so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which was passed by state lawmakers after a contentious and controversial national and state debate. Read more here.
Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council Looks to Pass New Civil Rights Ordinance KHBS • June 9, 2015 The Fayetteville City Council will discuss the new civil rights ordinance co-sponsored by members Adella Gray and Matthew Petty. The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce is backing businesses who want changes made to the state’s religious freedom bill. Legislators in Arkansas passed a bill that wo