Despite Arkansas being governed by those who channel their god into their lawmaking when they oppose LGBT rights at every opportunity, Fayetteville just passed a non-discrimination resolution that will ensure protections based on sexual orientation/identity:
Following nearly 10 hours of debate, the City Council in Fayetteville, Arkansas voted to pass a controversial non-discrimination ordinance by a vote of 6-2 at 3:20 AM Wednesday morning. The ordinance will provide protections for citizens against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in addition to discrimination based on age, gender, national origin, race, religion, disability, ethnicity, familial status, marital status, socioeconomic background and veteran status.The Fayetteville Flyer reports:
The new law means landlords and business owners could be investigated and prosecuted for unjustly evicting or firing someone because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic background, marital status or veteran status.
State and federal law prohibits discrimination based on someone’s age, gender, disability, race or religion. But in Arkansas there are no state-level non-discrimination laws that cover the other categories, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
I know some of the student at the University of Arkansas spoke in support of the resolution. Congratulations to them and to the city of Fayetteville!