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 cities push against laws deemed anti-gay

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Little Rock, Ark. (AP) – After the state faced widespread backlash over measures critics cast as anti-gay, several Arkansas cities worried about the economic fallout are challenging the new laws by expanding their anti-discrimination protections.

The moves range from one city asking voters whether to defy a state law placing limits on local anti-discrimination ordinances to others expanding their own hiring policies to include sexual orientation and gender orientation. The state’s largest city of Little Rock is considering whether to require all its contractors to include anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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Arkansas businesses call for anti-discrimination protections

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A group representing downtown Little Rock’s businesses is calling on Arkansas’ governor to issue an order extending workplace anti-discrimination protections to gay and lesbian state employees.

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership’s board of directors on April 10 called on Gov. Asa Hutchinson to issue an order protecting employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Hutchinson, a Republican, had floated the idea last week as he called for changes to a religious objections measure.

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