Arkansas asked to reconsider ruling on LGBT rights measure

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) | An Arkansas city and LGBT rights advocates are asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that blocked the city from enforcing an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Attorneys for Fayetteville and the group Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays asked the court Feb. 15 to reconsider its decision to overturn a lower court ruling that the city could continue enforcing its ordinance while the city challenged a 2015 law that barred cities and counties from enacting protections not covered by state law. Arkansas’ civil rights law doesn’t cover sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Arkansas court rules city can’t enforce LGBT protections

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) | Arkansas’ highest court on Jan. 31 said a city can’t enforce its ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, saying it’s already ruled the measure violates a state law aimed at preventing local protections for LGBT people.

The state Supreme Court unanimously reversed a Washington County judge’s decision to allow Fayetteville to continue enforcing its anti-discrimination ordinance while the city challenged the constitutionality of a 2015 law preventing cities and counties from enacting protections not covered by state law. Arkansas’ civil rights law doesn’t cover sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Arkansas resumes issuing birth certificates after brief halt

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor ordered health officials on Friday to treat married lesbian and heterosexual couples the same when listing the parents on a birth certificate, in an effort to comply with a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state’s birth certificate law was discriminatory.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s directive came hours after a judge blocked the state from issuing any birth certificates until it complied with the June ruling. Arkansas stopped issuing and amending birth certificates for about two hours Friday morning after the injunction by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox, who also canceled mediation he had ordered between attorneys for the state and three same-sex couples to find a fix to the law.

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Arkansas asks that city’s LGBT rights ordinance be blocked

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas asked a judge July 28 to block enforcement of a city ordinance that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, months after the state’s highest court ruled the measure violated a law aimed at prohibiting local LGBT protections.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and a group opposed to the Fayetteville anti-discrimination ordinance asked Washington County Circuit Judge Doug Martin to issue a preliminary injunction against the measure. The state Supreme Court in February reversed a ruling that the ordinance didn’t violate a state law prohibiting cities from enacting protections not covered by state law. Arkansas’ civil rights law doesn’t cover sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Arkansas AG asks for oral arguments over LGBT protections

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the state’s highest court to hold oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging a city ordinance that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender orientation.

Rutledge’s office Sept. 15 asked for the arguments in the case she and opponents of Fayetteville’s anti-discrimination ordinance have before the high court. A Washington County circuit judge earlier this year upheld the ordinance and said it didn’t violate a state law aimed at preventing local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Local LGBT protections barred by Arkansas law

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Five local measures prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity cannot be enforced because of a new Arkansas law barring such protections, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge wrote in a nonbinding opinion Tuesday.

Rutledge said the state law prohibits ordinances in Little Rock, Hot Springs, Eureka Springs, Pulaski County and Fayetteville from expanding anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The measures were adopted in response to the Legislature’s passage of the law prohibiting cities and counties from banning discrimination on a basis not covered by state law.

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