In a disgusting turn back of the clock, Arkansas Supreme Court struck down a local ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The ordinance, approved by Fayetteville voters in September of 2015, includes protections for LGBTQ people in housing, employment and public accommodations. This ruling removes these protections for LGBTQ people in Fayetteville, further opening up Arkansans to discrimination.
In February of 2015, the Arkansas legislature passed a law that banned cities from passing their own municipal protections for LGBTQ people — one of only three such laws in the country, including the reviled HB2 in North Carolina. This preemption law is a blatant attack on LGBTQ people and takes away the right of communities to protect their citizens when the state government will not. [HRC]